State Secretary of Environmental Ministry holds talks with Chinese minister

Space for cooperation is in strategic water planning and integrated management of river basins.

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The main topic of bilateral talks between Environmental Ministry state secretary Norbert Kurilla and Chinese Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei was cooperation in the field of water resources management. Kurilla spoke with Lei during meetings of Chinese and EU officials in the Finnish city of Turku at the conference Water Platform 2017.

Political interviews on the environment focused on future cooperation between Slovakia and China based on Slovak experience from the field of integrated water resources management and water protection. Both sides decided on the preparation of a Memorandum of Comprehension, with plans for it to be adopted by the first half of 2018, at the latest.

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Water resources in China stand for market of 185 billion euros. Space for cooperation is mainly in the field of strategic water planning and integrated management of river basins, according to Environmental Resort.

Emphasis will be put on current challenges, such as lowering the negative consequences of climate, like floods and droughts. Cooperation in the field of science and technologies was also discussed.

“The cooperation should be based on complex and integrated solutions in the context of Agenda OSN for sustainable development 2030,” said Kurilla as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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