Tunisia, Portugal agree on working strategy to strengthen co-operation in environment field | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia, Portugal agree on working strategy to strengthen co-operation in environment field

Tunisia and Portugal, on Monday, signed a memorandum of understanding and a strategy on strengthening co-operation in environmental education and the management of treated wastewater and waste for the period 2018/2019.

With a budget of Euros 600 thousand (around 1.7 million dinars), this strategy will be co-financed by Portugal (Euros 400 thousand) and Tunisia (Euros 200 thousand).

It will focus, in particular, on environmental education (Euros 200 thousand), with the aim of changing the mentalities and behaviors of citizens by focusing efforts on educational programmes targeting the new generation.

The same strategy, signed by Minister of Local Affairs and Environment, Riadh Mouakher and Portuguese Minister of Environment JoAPound o Pedro Matos Fernandes, also aims to strengthen co-operation in waste management, including electrical and electronic waste and the decentralisation of the services of ONAS (National Office of Sanitation) and ANGED (National Agency for Waste Management).

The aim of this strategy is to diversify Tunisia’s partners in the field of environment, Mouakher said, recalling that Tunisia already cooperates with Germany, France, Italy and recently Finland.

He added that the visit of the Portuguese minister to Tunisia is part of the implementation of the terms of the joint declaration signed between the two countries on the 4th session of the high-level Tunisian-Portuguese meeting held, November 20, 2016 in Tunis.

For his part, the Portuguese Minister stressed that this co-operation is part of the implementation of the provisions of the Paris Agreement, including the part on the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.

Tunisia is the first country in the North Africa region to benefit from funding from the Portuguese Environmental Fund, said JoAPound o Pedro Matos Fernandes.

He added that the memorandum and the working strategy cover institutional and technical co-operation on waste and wastewater management.

The official said that the programme of the visit of the Portuguese delegation include bilateral meetings between 12 Portuguese businessmen and their Tunisian counterparts, in addition to officials of the public sector.

The Portuguese delegation will carry out field visits, in particular, to the Chotrana sanitation station.

Source: TAP News Agency

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