Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On May 23, Minister of Environment and Tourism B.Bat-Erdene received Director General of the Hungarian General Directorate of Water Management István Láng, Managing Director of Viziterv Environ Ltd. Illés Lajos, and Managing Director of Viziterv Export LLC Dr. Dobi László.
The two countries’ scholars and researchers specialized in the water management field began to have cooperation from 1977, playing a significant role in bilateral relations. More specifically, a cooperation agreement was signed between Mongolia and Hungary in 1995, and a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the two countries’ water administration bodies in 2008. Based on this cooperation, the two countries’ water sectors aim to continue to cooperate in many projects, highlighted the Hungarian representatives during the meeting.
With financing from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a research and monitoring center is planned to be established for conducting studies on the soil in Mongolia. Through the studies, it becomes possible to give a 10-day forecast for the level of soil moisture, alongside introducing a new irrigation technology. The forecast would also reduce the usage of water by increasing its efficiency.
In the framework of cooperation in the educational sector, it is possible for Mongolian specialists in the water management field to be involved in short-term courses and university programs.
As the capital city’s ecosystem has gone through significant changes compared to how it was several years ago, the country’s representatives informed the Environment Minister about opportunities to implement projects and programs on increasing the city’s water reserves, improving its quality, and enhancing the ecosystems of local rivers with financing from the Hungarian government.
In turn, Minister of Environment and Tourism B.Bat-Erdene said, “We will support cooperation in having water specialists and researchers build their capacity and learn from the research practices in Hungary,” and highlighted how it has become necessary to implement a model project for the ecosystem of Selbe River.