Algeria, UNEP discuss cooperation

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Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy, Fatima-Zohra Zerouati, has held talks with the head of the Africa Regional Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, on possibilities for bilateral co-operation, and implementation of Algeria-UNEP co-operation agreement signed in April this year.

The Ministry of Environment and renewable Energy said in a statement here Wednesday that the took place in Nairobi on Tuesday on the sidelines of the 7th Extraordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment, held under the theme, “Turning Environmental Policies into Action through Innovative Solutions”.

The conference took place at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi.

Zerouati also addressed areas identified as priorities for Algeria in the short-term such as the country’s integrated waste management programme, renewable energies, the safeguarding of natural resources and the development of ecosystems.

The statement also said that during a meeting with the Secretary-General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Martha Rojas Urrego, the Minister said “Algeria places great importance to the country’s different regions, their preservation and their economic development”.

She also stressed the need to include the regions in the agenda of ecological issues-related events, given their role in the uptake of carbon monoxide emissions by forests.

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