Meeting between Deputy Ministers of Environment of Mongolia and Japan takes place

2019-08-09 12:55:20

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On August 8, Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Ts.Batbayar held an official meeting with his Japanese counterpart Ichiro Kanke.

During Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh’s visit to Japan in December 2018, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the two ministries with a new aim and content.

This time, the two sides discussed the results of the previous work and projects that were implemented in the framework of the memorandum signed between the two governments, and progress of the work that have been planned for the coming years.

Deputy Minister Ts.Batbayar said, “Projects on capacity development for air pollution control and monitoring for Ulaanbaatar have been implemented. In 2017, the project for capacity development to establish a national greenhouse gas inventory cycle of continuous improvement began to be jointly implemented. With the implementation of the project, we expect to develop and implement methods and strategies to reduce greenhouse gases, and build capacity for greenhouse gas inventory.

The first and second phase of the project on capacity development for air pollution control have successfully completed, and the project’s third phase is planned to be implemented until 2023.

In the framework of the partnership between the two ministries, the sides agreed to make the co-benefit project for heat-only-boiler into a model project for the Joint Crediting Mechanism. They also agreed that the project is important in reducing air pollution and slowing climate change by improving the heating systems in isolated regions that are not connected to the central heating system, and came to the decision to accelerate corresponding works.

During the meeting with Mr. Ichiro Kanke, Deputy Minister Ts.Batbayar also expressed his gratitude for the Government of Japan providing grant of USD 1.8 million to Mongolia,some part of which will serve as a significant contribution to the environmental sector’s development.