Cooperation With Croatia on Climate Change
The head of the Department of Environment (DoE), Masumeh Ebtekar, in a meeting with Croatian first deputy prime minister and minister of foreign and European affairs Vesna Pusic in Tehran, emphasized the necessity of bilateral cooperation in addressing environmental issues including climate change.
Ebtekar pointed to Iran’s 16th international environmental exhibition which will be held from February 21-24 and said the invitation has been already sent to Croatia’s ambassador to Tehran, Striebor Keric, Mehr News Agency reported.
Environment issues should not be considered as national or regional problems, since any negative environmental change in any part of the world would have a negative impact on the global environment, Ebtekar said.
She noted that the role of women is crucial and women’s activity should be strengthened. “Joint understanding and negotiation can solve many problems.”
Ebtekar also said that Croatia, as a member of the European Union can play an important role in relations with Iran.
The Croatian official noted that environmental issues are directly related to economic growth. “Conservation of national parks and development of tourism industry are among the most important goals of Croatia since they can have a positive effect on national economic growth.”
At present, “we are implementing optimization of energy consumption plans including construction of buildings with better standards and retrofitting old structures,” Pusic said. “But in this regard, we are faced with shortage of funds.”
Wastewater treatment is one of the other important issues in Croatia and “we have started joint cooperation with Italy, since their industrial pollutants enter Croatia through the common rivers.”
Pusic pointed to Iran’s successful program for Caspian Sea conservation and said Croatia is interested in using Iran’s experience in this field.”