Germany’s Saarland interested in environmental cooperation

2015-10-13 12:33:03

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Environment, Green Development and Tourism N.Battsereg received October 12 the Minister of Justice of Saarland state of Germany Mr Reinhold Jost at the State House of Mongolia.

Present were also the Ambassador of Germany to Mongolia Gerhard Thiedemann and the first secretary of the German Embassy in charge of development cooperation Dr Christian Glass. Saarland state has close ties with Mongolia in coal mining and environmental rehabilitation, said Mr Jost. Mentioning that he had met with a German-Mongolia joint science university’s officials, he said that there are plenty of opppotunities for the sides to train specialists and to conduct joint studies and researches.

He also expressed an interest to cooperate with Mongolia in occupational safety, in ways of  remediating the environment through sophisticating the mining operations, and in engaging the miners into environment protection activities in order to prevent climate change and natural degradation.

The Minister N.Battsereg accepted the offers thankfully and spoke highly of the rehabilitation practices of Saarland in its coal mining sphere. Aside from the mining, he said, it is crucial for Mongolia to diversify its economy into non-mining sectors such as tourism and agriculture.

Then he offered to cooperate in tourism sector as well, particularly in advertizing one of the latest repaired archaeological finding–Tomb of Iceman found from Altai Tavan Bogd Mountain–in order to attract more tourists to Mongolia. The archeological finding was repaired by German specialists last year.