Abdul Rahman Al-Fadhly, Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, discussed with Yasmine Fouad, Egyptian Minister of Environment, the existing and future areas of cooperation between the two countries, especially with regard to desalination of water and converting waste into energy.
The Egyptian Ministry of Environment stated, in a statement issued on Friday, that this came on the sidelines of Egypt’s assumption of the presidency of the 32nd session of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, which will be held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States in Cairo, with the participation of delegations and environmental experts in Arab countries and in the presence of the leaders of the Egyptian Ministry of Environment concerned. .
Yasmine Fouad stressed, during the meeting, the depth and success of cooperation between the two countries in the field of environmental protection, stressing that the environment is a priority on the agenda of the political leadership in Egypt, and that Egypt has great ambitions in the environmental file, in parallel with development paths, and we are working strongly on the axis of our government being green. ; Where environmental sustainability standards have been issued.
She indicated that the private sector has a great interest in these standards, and work has been done to change the climate in national banks. In addition to financing environmentally friendly projects, work is being done to increase their expertise in evaluating projects. So that it does not cause an increase in emissions.
The Egyptian minister indicated Egypt’s welcome to participate in the Saudi initiative “Green Middle East”, which aims to focus on the Arab region, stressing the need for its synergy with global goals, pointing to the Egyptian initiative launched by Egypt in 2018 to link between the three Rio agreements (climate change, diversity, Biological and desertification), and these issues were supported and funded through specific programs of the United Nations Environment.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways of future cooperation between the two countries, including the field of waste; Where the Minister of Environment reviewed Egypt’s efforts in dealing with the waste file, starting with the issuance of the waste law, and the Waste Management Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for developing plans and strategies in this regard, she welcomes cooperation with the Saudi side in this file, especially in the field of converting waste into energy.
The two sides discussed cooperation in the field of integrated coastal management and marine policies, environmental monitoring, and the exchange of experiences between the two sides in the field of sound management of chemicals and hazardous waste, in addition to cooperation in the field of education and environmental knowledge and its integration into educational curricula in schools and universities.
For his part, Al-Fadhli expressed his happiness for the fruitful and constructive cooperation between the two countries, welcoming more cooperation in the coming period, reviewing the Kingdom’s experience in converting waste into energy, and working on the principle of extended responsibility for the product, expressing his aspiration to cooperate with Egypt in the field of water desalination, and the extraction of water. Salts and reuse again.
The minister explained that the Green Middle East Initiative is a Saudi initiative that aims to plant 40 billion trees, and is the largest reforestation program in the world.
The “Green Saudi Initiative” and the “Green Middle East Initiative” will chart the direction of the Kingdom and the region in protecting the land and nature and put it in a road map with clear and ambitious landmarks, and they will contribute strongly to achieving global goals.
The two parties agreed to set a time plan to define the tracks of bilateral cooperation, in preparation for forming work teams and defining work priorities in those tracks, with a focus on cooperation in the field of preserving the Red Sea environment.
Yasmine Fouad stressed that 60 percent of tourism in the world will go to eco-tourism during the coming period, noting that the Red Sea is rich in coral reefs and marine life, and from here it is necessary to preserve it, and work to activate the Jeddah Agreement (the regional agreement to preserve the environment of the Red Sea and Gulf Aden) and put in place the appropriate mechanisms for their implementation.
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