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Iran, Netherlands to Expand Environmental Coop.

Iran, Netherlands to Expand Environmental Coop.
Iran, Netherlands to Expand Environmental Coop.

Iran and Netherlands called for expansion of environmental collaboration to acquire new technologies to help protect the environment.

In a meeting with Dutch Ambassador in Tehran Jos Douma, chief executive of the National Environment Fund, Houman Liyaqati, said the efficient use of water resources was the main subject of talks, IRNA reported.

“It was agreed that once preparations are made, the Netherlands will invest in joint projects with Iran,” he said.

The two sides also discussed collaboration in the fields of research, education and training.

In the past few years, Iranian and Dutch universities collaborated on environmental issues, especially management of water resources.

Douma said it is imperative to link the National Environment Fund with related organizations in the Netherlands and suggested that the fund could promote talks between companies from the two states.

The National Environment Fund has only recently begun operation. Even though the fund’s statute was drawn up in 2005, it began operation earlier this month. The fund aims to bolster international ties to help Iran tackle its environmental challenges.

Environmental cooperation with European countries is a priority of the Department of Environment.  In early August, Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of the department, said Iran will cooperate with Italy, France, Norway and Poland to address environmental issues by accessing their up-to-date technologies and experiences in dealing with environmental problems.