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EU Allocates 5 Million Euro to a New Joint Project

Today, a contribution agreement has been solemnly signed between the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union that envisages the allocation of funds – more than 5 million euro – to a new environmental project that will be implemented for 3 years in cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus.

The new project, pre-approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources, is titled “Support to the development of a comprehensive framework for international environmental co-operation in the Republic of Belarus”. The project will aim to develop the legal framework for water and waste management, biodiversity conservation, ecological certification, etc., as well as to implement pilot projects in the areas of solid domestic waste management and biodiversity conservation.

“The environment is one of the three pillars of sustainable development, along with economic and social development,” said Mr. Jean-Eric Holzapfel, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus. “Therefore, it is important to integrate environmental considerations into basic policy and to improve energy efficiency in the industrial, energy and agricultural sectors, as well as to raise environmental awareness among consumers.”

In his turn, Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus, drew the attention of those present at the ceremony to the fact that the new project was by no means the only example of successful cooperation between the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union. "We are currently implementing several projects in such areas as combating human trafficking, sustainable development at the local level, and post-Chernobyl rehabilitation, with the total budget of more than 8 million US dollars,” said Mr. Broek.

Mr. Vladimir Tsalko, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection in Belarus, emphasized that the next joint EU/UNDP project would not only allow acquiring additional skills in the area of water and waste management, but it would also create new jobs in the regions, in particular, in Kobryn and Masty – the two towns where waste processing facilities will be built using European experience.


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