Iran & EU to Co-op on Environmental Issues

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 09:55

Iran and European Union started a 6-day consultative meeting on air pollution, industrial emissions, sand and dust storms, water and marine related issues, and circular economy.

The European Commission and the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran intend to establish a technical cooperation on environment, Tehran Times reports.

The sessions are the outgrowth of the Joint Statement by the High Representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, made on April, 16, 2016.

Parvin Farshchi, deputy head of the department of environment for marine affairs, explained that the consultative meetings are aiming to establish bilateral technical cooperation to address environmental issues, exchange experience, and working out a roadmap for future joint activities with the European Union.

The first two days of the meetings focused on industrial emissions, air quality, and sand and dust storms. The next two days were dedicated to water and marine related issues and the last two days of the series of the meetings also discussed circular economy and waste management.

As per a document setting the ‘framework for technical cooperation on the environment’ published on EU official website in recognition of the importance of protecting and conserving the environment, of the role of resource efficiency in achieving green growth, and in acknowledgement of Iran's pressing environmental challenges, the two sides intend to:

Establish bilateral technical cooperation to address issues of air, soil and water pollution, water resources management, conservation and sustainable use of nature, biodiversity, desertification, waste disposal management, climate change mitigation and adaptation in sectoral responses, exchange experience with a view to identifying appropriate responses, including projects to tackle cross-border environmental challenges, and pollution, and exchange experience on marine environment, integrated coastal management and issues related to marine litter.

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