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Korea Republic of : 13th Meeting of ROK-Russia Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation Takes Place on Nov. 22.

The 13th meeting of the Republic of Korea-Russian Federation Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation took place in Moscow, Russia, on November 22 to discuss ways to step up environmental cooperation between the two countries. In conjunction with the Joint Committee meeting came the fifth meeting of the Joint Committees subcommittee on the conservation of endangered wildlife species.

The ROK and Russian head delegates to the Joint Committee meeting were Director-General for Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Scientific Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kwon Sei-joong and Director for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Inamov Nuritdin, respectively.

The ROK delegation was composed of 14 people, including officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries as well as experts from other relevant organizations. The Russian side was comprised of officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and experts from provincial government agencies, 23 in total.

In the Joint Committee meeting, the two countries shared with each other their domestic environmental policies; discussed ways to work more closely together in the full range of relevant areas, including ecosystems, environmental industry, air pollution and marine environment; and reviewed the progress in 17 projects as well as six newly proposed ones.

Having reached a working-level accord on the proposed revision to the list of the migrant bird species for protection, the two countries agreed to undergo their respective domestic procedures for the revision and to complete the revision work by the end of the first half of the year 2019.

The two sides, taking note of the successful completion in November 2017 of the project to establish Russias waste management master plan, agreed to continue consultations to seek out and conduct possible follow-up projects and thereby to bolster cooperation on waste management.

At the Joint Committee meeting, the two countries proposed a combined six new projects, out of which two put forward by the ROK -- a pilot project designed to expedite the supply of natural gas vehicles to Belgorod and Rostov, and one aimed to improve the air quality in Kemerovo -- were adopted. Going forward, the two countries will continue working together on environmental industry and air pollution.

The two countries discussed procedural issues regarding the exploration permit required of the Russian government for the joint international research on gas hydrates in waters near the Russian Far East -- an ROK-Russia cooperation project in the area of marine environment; and agreed to continue joint research in the field with the support of the government of the Russian Federation.

The two sides also exchanged views on ways to pursue environmental cooperation at regional and global levels, including pursuant to the North-East Asian Subregional Programme for Environmental Cooperation (NEASPEC), the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The ROK delegation, in particular, extended appreciation to the Russian government for, at the NEASPEC Senior Officials Meeting in October, making efforts and expressing support for the launch of the North-East Asia Clean Air Partnership (NEACAP). The two sides agreed to seek ways to work with each other toward tangible progress in that regard.

The meeting of the ROK-Russia Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation has been held in the two countries on a rotational basis since 1995 pursuant to the bilateral Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Environment concluded in 1994 to seek ways for substantive environmental cooperation between the two countries.

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Date:Nov 26, 2018
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