Poland, Belarus signs transboundary water cooperation agreement

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Poland and Belarus signed an agreement on cross-border water cooperation in Bialowieza, western Poland, on Friday, under which the two countries will exchange information and cooperate in managing fires and floods, Polish Waters has said.

The cooperation agreement was signed by Polish Deputy Minister of Maritime Economy and Inland Waterways Anna Mucha and her Belarusian counterpart, Anrei Khmel.

According to Polish Waters, the agreement is to regulate Polish-Belarusian cooperation in the field of protection of transboundary waters. It is also aimed at improving the quality of these waters, preserving or restoring aquatic ecosystems. In addition, the document refers to investment planning for the quality of these waters.

Mucha said the document will ensure "good cooperation and coordination of the work" in such areas as floods, drought, and the quantity and quality of water.

She added that the agreement involves undertaking various projects related to water protection and rational water management and environmental aspects of caring for water quality, including water and sewage management.

For Belarus, it will facilitate the country's use of European funds for projects such as the construction of a sewage treatment plant.