There were signed agreements with two agencies of the EU member countries

18-10-2018

 On October 18, there took place the signing ceremony of the two agreements in the Ministry of Nature Protection. Minister of Nature Protection Erik Grigoryan, Ambassador  Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Republic of Armenia Jonathan Lacôte, Head of the EU member states consortium Michael Suter, Representative of the French " Artois-Picardie" Water Agency Jacques Kotel, officers of the Ministry of Nature Protection, the  embassy and international organizations were present at  the event. 
The Minister of Nature Protection, in his welcome speech, made a point of the signing of the agreements targeted at re-equipping and improving the monitoring system. E. Grigoryan, too,  expressed satisfaction with the initial process of transferring the cooperation with France to a new level, which had the best global experience in river basin management planning.
Ambassador Jonathan Lacôte noticed that environmental protection, specifically water management issues are priorities for the cooperation between the two countries. The Ambassador highly appreciated the steps undertaken by the Armenian side in the line of the implementation of the responsibilities assumed by Armenia within the  framework of the Paris Agreement.
In the frames of the agreement signed between the Minister of Nature Protection and Federal Environment Agency - Austria, Head of the  EU  member states consortium Michael Suter, in a bid to purchase laboratory and  monitoring equipment, conduct a relevant training and  facilitate the repair work of the lab’s new  building. The total budget of the project will be 1 million euros, of which about 600 thousand euros will be spent on the purchase of equipment and improvement of infrastructures.   
The agreement on cooperation between the French " Artois-Picardie" Water Agency and Water Resources Management Agency of the Ministry of Nature Protection was signed by Acting Head of the Agency Edgar Pirumyan and Representative of the French Organization Jacques Kotel. The goal of the agreement is to establish technical cooperation with a focus to expand  institutional capacity, improve the process of collecting information on water use and promote comprehensive water resources management and application of economic mechanisms. 

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