Climate change and environment discussed with US ambassador2013-04-10
Minister of Environment Valentinas Mazuronis met today with the US Ambassador to Lithuania, Deborah McCarthy, to discuss globally relevant environmental issues and to update on the progress of strategic projects in Lithuania.
The Minister was glad that environment is now enjoying a special focus in the EU. This area will be widely covered also during Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council in the second half of this year. According to Mr Mazuronis, quite a few important international events will step far beyond the interests of the Community itself. The global conferences, where Lithuania will voice the EU position, will touch upon cross-border issues of climate change, mercury, use of chemicals, preservation of biodiversity, stopping of desertification and others.
“We all admit how important it is to cooperate in dealing with the challenges brought about by climate change. We salute Lithuania’s role of a region leader in the field of environment. We must do everything within our power to preserve natural resources for future generations. President Obama’s government will continue supporting all efforts towards these goals,” said US Ambassador Deborah McCarthy.
Prospects for surveying and extraction of shale gas was another issue on the agenda. Deborah McCarthy gave a brief account of the US experience.
To Lithuania, surveying and extraction of shale gas is one of the opportunities to improve the country’s energy independence. Referring to the successful experience in the USA, Mr Mazuronis expressed hope that should Lithuania decide to continue searching shale gas, states could cooperate successfully in terms of know-how and technology to ensure environment protection during such operations. The Minister also updated the Ambassador on other strategic environmental projects in Lithuania and discussed prospects for environmental cooperation.
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10 April 2013