BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (Press Shia) – Iran’s Head of Department of Environment, Masoumeh Ebtekar, and Marie Christine Marghem, Belgian Minister of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development signed an MoU on environmental cooperation.
The MoU was signed during Ebtekar’s visit to Brussels on Tuesday, with a stress on the need for sustainable and effective cooperation in the fields of mutual interests between the two countries, and with an aim to promote bilateral technical cooperation and long-term, successful interactions on environmental issues.
The key topics for environmental cooperation between the two countries include exploitation and sustainable management of natural resources, such as biodiversity, materials and waste management, mapping and ecosystem valuation; monitoring, management and conservation of soil, water and air quality; climate change and renewable energies; green economy and clean technologies; sea and beach management and marine conservation strategies; resource efficiency and smart cities along the index of urban prosperity in metropolises.
The MoU further includes exchange of experiences on environmental issues; university exchange programs; organizing workshops, seminars and educational courses; developing joint research or technological projects; discovering trade opportunities; and the transfer of technical knowledge of environmental equipment and technology based on a non-commercial approach.
The memorandum will be put into effect from the time of signing and will be valid for five years.
During the two-day visit, Ebtekar is also scheduled to meet with a number of senior Belgian officials including Prime Minister Charles Michel, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, and some members of parliament and environmental activists.