Environment Minister meets Swiss representatives

2019-11-19 16:55:15

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Tserenbat met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation to Mongolia Bernardino Regazzoni and Interim Director of Cooperation and Consul General at the Swiss Cooperation Office in Mongolia Franziska Freiburghaus.

The sides exchanged views on the projects on artisanal and small scale mining, education for sustainable development, waste collection and transportation management, reduction of health impacts of air pollution, and livestock husbandry and health as well as Swiss Cooperation Agency's activities in Mongolia. During the meeting, the Mongolian side presented the Swiss Ambassador with the Green Passport which was designed for giving environmental education to students.

Expressing pleasure that the second phase of the ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ is to be implemented, Environment Minister N.Tserenbat noted that the Government of Mongolia is paying attention to the development of sustainable mining and that, in the years ahead, it will train artisanal and small-scale miners and adopt a policy to help them move on to other lines of work.

“Mongolia’s National Committee for Environmental Pollution Reduction is actively cooperating on the project on reduction of health impacts of air pollution. In 2019, a working group of the committee devised a plan for cooperation to improve public awareness and planned actions are being implemented to enhance the awareness through agaar.mn website and provide technical assistance to the working group under the project,” he said.

“Over the past two years, we have engaged in active discussion with Switzerland about cooperating in tourism. The reciprocal visits of the speakers of the two countries this year emphasized the importance of the sector in expanding bilateral cooperation. Mongolia successfully participated in the FESPO international fair held in January, 2019. Thus, we would like to cooperate in this area by organizing events and implementing projects

The Swiss representatives thanked the Minister for making time for the meeting and voiced their readiness to cooperate.