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Protocol on environment protection in rural areas signed in London



British Foundation under the high patronage of Prince Charles backs the project.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Rovana Plumb, on Wednesday signed in London a cooperation protocol on environment protection for a sustainable and durable development of the rural areas in Romania, together with Jessica Douglas Home, the President of the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation – an organisation that develops programmes meant for the revival of the Romanian village – under the high patronage of Prince Charles, Agerpres reports.
‘We are going to multiply a pilot project that refers to the setting up of water treatment stations – to be hundred percent natural – in several rural areas in Transylvania, which will allow us to multiply the effect of protection of the environment and of the natural resources, especially in the rural area, to the benefit of the citizens. I’m especially referring to such areas in the Alba, Sibiu, Mures and Brasov counties (all in central Romania)’, said the Minister of Environment. According to Rovana Plumb, and considering the project that has already started in Viscri village (central Romania), the implementation of a project like this will take six months as an average.
The proposal referring to a regional environmental infrastructure project is meant to develop the environmental infrastructure in ten rural communities in four different counties in central Romania, through the setting up of ten wastewater lagoons.
In respect to wastewater treatment and collection, in order to observe the European norms, Romania needs to make investment in more than 2,500 localities, both in the rebuilding of the existing infrastructure and in the building of new water treatment and sewerage systems, especially in the rural areas.
The villages that were selected for the pilot-phase of the project are distinguished through their existing cultural heritage, architecture, spiritual life and also for the special landscape surrounding them. The first ecological water treatment stations will be ready in 6-9 months.
The Minister of Environment, Rovana Plumb, is currently paying a 3 days official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain, during which she is scheduled to meet Prince Charles de Wales.
A first meeting between the Romanian official and Steve Creed, director of new programmes at WRAP (Waste&Resources Action Programme) took place on Tuesday. The purpose of the meeting was to identify possibilities of cooperation and adaptation in Romania of the British programme, designed to encourage the reduction of food waste. In his turn, the Romanian Minister launched in the country, with the same purpose, the initiative ‘Eat. Think. Save’.
The Minister’s agenda also included a meeting at the House of Lords with political personalities form Great Britain, such as Lord Howell and Lord Leach of Fairford.

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