Environment Minister discusses joint projects with EU Ambassador
Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Urtnasan had a meeting with outgoing Ambassador of the European Union to Mongolia Traian Hristea.
Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Urtnasan had a meeting with outgoing Ambassador 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. A project ‘Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries’ implemented with the International Science and Technology Center. 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 western 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.