Italian-Palestinian accord for environmental protection

Signed in Bethlehem by Minister Galletti

24 February, 13:52

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, FEBRUARY 24 - A memorandum of understanding on environmental protection and sustainable development was signed in Bethlehem (West Bank) yesterday by Minister of Environment Sea and Land protection Gian Luca Galletti and his Palestinian counterpart, the president of the Environment Quality Authority, Adalah K. A. Atteireh.

    The agreement - the first one with Palestine regarding this sector - entails collaborations, mission exchanges, information, good practices and technical assistance.

    The fields of cooperation are the collecting and handling of garbage, emergency-response and environmental catastrophies, environmental governance, education activities linked to sustainable development.

    The Memorandum provides for the management of joint- programmes on environmental protection and it will be followed by a technical mission to promote concrete initiatives in Palestine.

    A Steering Commitee will promote the Accord facilitating partnerships between scientific and academic institutions and between organisations and civil society.

    "Signing this accord - declared at the end of the cerimony minister Galletti, assisted by Consul General Davide La Cecilia - is a demonstration of Italian support towards the strenghtening of Palestinian institutions. This falls within a wealth of activities that are testament to the wide co-operation between our two governments, with the addition of the important environmental dimension keenly felt by the Palestinian side''.

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