Cyprus, Greece, Israel to enhance cooperation on environment
Cyprus, Greece, and Israel have agreed to further enhance cooperation on protecting the environment of the Mediterranean region, followin a meeting between the countries' Agriculture Ministers, a statement from the island’s ministry said on Thursday.
The statement said that the proposal was put forward by Cypriot Agriculture Minister Nicos Kouyialis on the sidelines of the trilateral meeting between Greece, Cyprus, and Israel.
In particular, the three Ministers agreed to continue and enhance the cooperation in the areas of the marine environment of the Mediterranean, water resources management, and climate change, the statement said.
At the meeting, the ministers decided that a joint action plan for dealing with likely pollution of the Mediterranean will be completed by May 2017 while a joint exercise may take place in September 2017.
The ministers also agreed to enhance cooperation on water management, best use of processed water, as well as to promote steps and actions to deal with the effects of climate change, CNA reported.
The announcement said that the three ministers also decided that three technical thematic meetings will take place, one in each country, in January 2017 to work on a schedule and an action plan in order to promote the implementation of what has been decided upon.
In March 2017 a trilateral ministerial meeting will take place to “review the progress of technical teams and to give political direction for the steps ahead,” the announcement said.