Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Urtnasan had a meeting with outgoing Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Mongolia Traian Hristea.
The EU Ambassador thanked the Environment Minister for the cooperation during his tenure in Mongolia, underscoring that two projects were successfully implemented with funding support from EU in 2017-2021.
The Environment Ministry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Committee on Biosafety of Mongolia implemented the ‘Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries’ project with the International Science and Technology Center under EU’s Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centers of Excellence Initiative. USD 570,000 of the total project funding of USD 5 million was allocated to Mongolia.
EU has provided USD 2 million additional funding to improve the project’s capacity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the project, a MNT 89 million worth of laboratory system for polymerase chain reaction testing was provided to Khovd aimag and equipment and Class 2 Biosafety Cabinet worth MNT 87 million to the Institute of Biology of Mongolian Academy of Sciences.
Moreover, ‘Review and Assessment of Hazardous Waste Management Capacity’ project was implemented with funding support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
In 2013-2017, ‘Supporting a Greener and More Energy Efficient Construction Industry in Mongolia’ project was implemented in partnership with Caritas Czech Republic with support from EU’s Switch Asia program and Czech development program.
With funding support from Switch Asia II program, ‘Sustainable Plastic Recycling in Mongolia’ project is also being implemented by the Environment Ministry and Caritas Czech Republic in 2020-2024 in efforts to support the development of a green economy and the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy in Mongolia. Baseline studies have so far been carried out in Ulaanbaatar city, capital of Bulgan aimag, and Khishig-Undur soum and the supply of equipment needed to pilot plastic waste recycling in Khishig-Undur soum from Czechia is under discussion.
‘Sustainable Resilient Ecosystem and Agriculture Management in Mongolia’ is being carried out between 2021 and 2024 with funding support from EU to increase the capacity of Mongolian communities to implement innovative and sustainable long-term landscape management to address food system challenges and climate stresses.
At the meeting, Minister N.Urtnasan proposed implementing projects and programs to introduce best practices of EU and its member states in reducing air, soil, and water pollution as part of ger area redevelopment in the capital city and learning from the EU and Germany’s experience with adoption of river basin resource management.
Ambassador Traian Hristea talked about projects and programs to implement in the future, expressing his hope that cooperation will further expand between the two sides.