|Ebtekar in Germany seeking environmental aid|
Mrs. Masoumeh Ebtekar is in Germany to advance efforts to bring the country’s technology and science to Iran to help Iran’s environmental protection. She secured some agreements which will seek Germans’ contribution to sectors such as waste management and recycling.
Ebtekar sat in sessions with heads of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and BASF (Baden Aniline and Soda Factory) in Berlin. Mrs. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Environment Minister received Ebtekar where they signed a joint statement on bilateral cooperation. The signatories agreed to cooperate based on equality, mutual interests, and according to their environmental policies of their fellow countries. The subject of the statement was rather broad, embracing diverse elements as protection of biodiversity and improving regional ecosystems, protection of national parks and wildlife refuges, protection of ozone and atmosphere, environmental impact assessment, marine life and coastal regions, fighting desertification, soil pollution management, environmentally-friendly management practices, poisonous chemical waste management, air quality improvement practices, encouraging innovations which are safe to the environments, supporting trade and investment in environmental sectors, providing training and education to the public on environmental issues, improving international cooperation to face challenges of climate change, and exchanging technical know-how on environmental management, among other things.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also received Masoumeh Ebtekar where both sides emphasized on the importance of implementation of the deals signed during her visit. “Cooperation should provide Iran with opportunities to enjoy clean energies and technologies, while the country face challenges of air-borne particles; Iran has secured international cooperation including of Japan in the issue of saving Lake Urmia. They would also participate in reviving Hamoun International Wetland as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in borders with Afghanistan, now dried up,” she told the meeting.
They also discussed German private sector in Iran’s energy management and solar and wind power plants. Mr. Steinmeier also shared the view that German should contribute to Iran’s environmental and energy sectors and told Ebtekar that he would encourage German companies to come to Iran, along with promises to solve Iran’s banking restrictions.