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  Published Date:  Monday, April 11, 2016

Head of Iran DOE Meets the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of Finnish Parliament

Vice President Ebtekar and Chairman of the Finnish Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee conferred on environmental cooperation.

(Iran's Environment News Agency) - During his visit to Tehran, Iran, the Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee of Finnish Parliament Antti Kaikkonen met Vice President and Head of the Department of Environment Massoumeh Ebtekar, discussing bilateral cooperation in environmental issues.

Ebtekar stated that common environmental ground exists between the two countries on which both can rely on. Head of the Department of said Finland can cooperate with Iran in transfering new technologies, preserving biodiversity, and better management of protected areas, green economy, and tackling air and soil pollution, as well as fighting global warming. As terms of cooperation signed in the joint MoU between the two countries.

Ebtekar also added that the two countries can expand cooperation in preserving wetlands such as Hamoun or Lake Urmia. She noted another area for cooperation as measuring and monitoring air, water and soil quality, saying Iran has so far implemented many projects in this regard such as installing online monitoring cameras, and establishing and improving air pollution monitoring stations.

She further announced that Iran will host a conference on religion, culture and environment in the near future which aims to establish a connection between environment, peace and religions.

Antti Kaikkonen, for his part, stressed that Iran and Finland have many potentials for improving cooperation in environment, adding “Helsinki can cooperate with Tehran in various environmental fields such as production and storage of clean energy, energy efficiency and waste management.”

“Finalnd can transfer the technology of energy efficiency to Iran so that the country would be able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

Kaikkonen further expressed his country’s readiness to take steps toward the implementation of Iran-Finland environmental MoU.

Kaikkonen had also held a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday, during which the two sides conferred on the latest developments in bilateral ties and regional issues.

Kaikkonen expressed his country's interest in taking practical steps with Iran in the field of environment.
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by Alireza Ghamkhar, Translate Fatemeh Ghamkhar

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