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MINSK, Sept. 23 (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia will develop a roadmap for cooperation on environmental protection, Belarusian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Protection Andrei Khudyk said after a joint meeting of the colleges of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of Belarus and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, BelTA has learned.
“We and our Russian colleagues have come to the conclusion that our ministries must develop a roadmap for cooperation in environmental protection. We will coordinate this issue at government level and start developing this roadmap, ”said Andrei Khudyk.
The participants at the meeting reviewed the status and prospects of bilateral cooperation in various areas, including hydrometeorology and environmental monitoring, use and protection of natural resources, conservation of biodiversity and promotion of ecotourism in the transboundary Lake Area Reserve. Global and regional climate issues were also on the agenda. “The EU plans to introduce a CO2 tax in 2026. We have agreed to take joint action to prepare and address the issues related to CO2 regulation in the Eurasian economic area, ”said the minister.
Another focus of the discussion was waste management. “Belarus currently recycles around 30% of municipal waste. We have set ourselves the ambitious goal of recycling 60% of our waste by 2025. The participants at today’s meeting shared their best practices and examined waste-to-energy technologies, ”said Andrei Khudyk.
“We have many problems related to water, cross-border protected areas, subsurface use and geological exploration. The recycling of packaging materials is another hot topic. We also talked about cooperation between hydrometeorological services, as their work is of great importance for agriculture and other economic sectors, ”added the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation Alexander Kozlov.