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Spanish minister hails UAE's role in sustainable development and water conservation

posted on 13/05/2008: 1455 views



Spanish minister Alberto Larraz Vileta has hailed UAE's participation in the forthcoming Zaragoza International Exhibition 2008 on 'Water and Sustainable Development'. The exhibition, which draws together 104 countries from around the globe, will kick off on 14th June and will last for three months.

Minister of Economy and Finance of Spain's Aragon province, Vileta said that UAE was the forerunner in taking decision to join the event and is erecting the most impressive pavilion in the exhibition site, showing the country's profound interest in the exhibition and its theme.

At a meeting with Director General of National Media Council (NMC) Ibrahim Al Abed and Deputy Director General of NMC and the Commissioner for UAE pavilion in the Zaragoza Expo Salem Al Ameri, the minister said that UAE and Spain share the same keenness and concern with several other countries on sustainable development and the preservation of water.

Zaragoza International Exhibition 2008 will discuss important themes which include water and life; water as a channel for civilization; water, progress and sustainability and water control. 'The Declaration of Zaragoza' to be issued at the end of the exhibition is widely expected to work as a roadmap for the future policies for individual countries.

Situated on the river Ebro and its tributaries in a valley with a variety of landscapes, ranging from desert to thick forest, meadows and mountains, Zaragoza is projected by experts as the ideal place for an exhibition of global importance.

The Zaragoza-born minister said that the most innovative pavilion of UAE is designed in such a way that it reflects the past and present experiences of the country in preserving water. The natural 'Falaj' water irrigation system which started nearly 3000 years ago in UAE was later introduced to Andalusia of Spain; noted the minister. Zaragoza has been selected to host the event because of its reputation as the administrative capital to one of the prime hydrographic regions in southern Europe, and has an experience spanning thousands of years in water management.

Later in a statement made to Emirates News Agency, WAM, Vileta said that UAE's participation will play a major role in enhancing the bilateral cooperation between UAE and Spain, especially in the fields of economy, investment and tourism. The minister expressed his happiness over UAE's participation in the event along with 103 other countries from around the world and said that it will create an opportunity to highlight the country's efforts in protecting environment and searching for alternative sources of energy.

The exhibition will enhance the international cooperation in the field of sustainable development and diversification of water sources as well as preventive actions against climate change. Above all, it will highlight the role of water in bringing up civilisations, as the "water represents life"; said the minister. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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