Ministry of Environment of South Korea to cooperate in water sectorEnvironment
/MONTSAME/. The Minister of
Environment of the Republic of Korea, Han Wha-jin, expressed her willingness to
cooperate in the water sector, including restoring the Selbe River and reducing
its pollution, while meeting with Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia
B. Bat-Erdene in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.
According to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, the ministries of the two countries expanded cooperation in the field of the environment during a working visit to South Korea in May of this year by broadening engagement in the area of climate change and establishing an inter-ministerial arrangement for implementing joint activities prescribed in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The Ministry informed the importance of the parties fulfilling their commitments under the Paris Agreement.
The second policy consultation meeting between the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea will be held in the first quarter of 2023 to discuss cooperation in detail. For Mongolia, 30 percent of the land is intended to be taken under special protection by 2030. In that respect, the parties agreed to bring the relationship between the sister parks of Seoraksan National Park of South Korea and Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area of Mongolia to the next level, to establish a research center, and to cooperate in continuing good experiences of these parks to other parks of two countries.
Moreover, the parties discussed possibilities of introducing water-saving techniques and technologies to reduce water pollution and increase water use efficiency, renewing and establishing new wastewater treatment facilities in urban and tourist areas, increasing the capacity of water quality analysis laboratories, and strengthening the capacity of personnel.
The minister mentioned that Mongolia and the Republic of Korea have successfully cooperated in the field of environment, and the “Vision-2050” and “New Revival Policy” are coordinated with the “New Northern Policy” of the Republic of Korea as significant economic development projects that attract investment from the Republic of Korea. The Mongolian side attaches particular importance to implementing the projects and programs.