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UAE-Germany sign MoU for environmental cooperation

posted on 11/09/2005: 785 views



The UAE and Germany signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the area of environment ,which comprised exchange of information, direct contacts and exchanged visits by specialized experts in both countries.



The MoU which was signed on behalf of the UAE by Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Minister of Health and Chairman the Federal Environment Authority and for Germany by Magritte Verlof, Deputy Federal Minister for Environment, Protection of Nature and Nuclear Plants. The MoU stipulated cooperation between representatives of governmental and non-governmental bodies in the UAE and Germany through a joint economic committee.



Al Madfa said that the MoU was in the context of the continually growing cooperation between their countries in all aspects, especially the environment, due to the conviction of UAE and Germany that protection of natural resources and accomplishment of sustainable development necessitated firm cooperation at all levels.



He added that cooperation will concentrate on a number of issues including transfer of modern technologies, especially in recycling waste materials, water technologies, renewable energies and the proper administration of chemicals, and upgrading of environment awareness in addition to other issues. He said the MoU will strengthen cooperation between the UAE and Germany in the context of the environment ,since Germany had a considerable experience in that field.



On her part the German Deputy Minister stated that cooperation will include various aspects like usages of gas, burning and recycling of waste materials and others. In addition to transfer of German expertise and technical know-how to the UAE , to help the youth expand their knowledge and skills in the field of environment.



She pointed out that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's visit to the UAE was a contribution which had opened up new horizons of cooperation between both friendly countries. The signing of the MoU was attended by Dr. Salim Al Dhahiri, Director General of the UAE Federal Environment Authority, Yagoub Al Hosani Director of Conferences and Exhibitions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Jurgen Steltzer, the German ambassador to the UAE. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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