Andrea Wiktorin, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus, and Mr Andrey Kovkhuto, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus, signed a Financing Agreement for the programme "Strengthening Air Quality Monitoring and Environmental Management (SAQEM)" worth 14.5 million euro on 28 July 2016 in Minsk.
The programme SAQEM will help Belarus better monitor air emissions and ensure efficient environmental management. It will also help modernise the air quality monitoring infrastructure and promote better involvement of civil society organisations in implementing environmental policies and monitoring environmental risks.
Existing environmental monitoring clubs and “green schools" will be supported, and new ones will be set up to provide modern environmental education to young Belarusians. Civil society organisations will be supported in developing and delivering environment trainings and various outreach activities promoting environmental issues. EU experts will share best practices, and specialised equipment will be delivered to assist Belarus in ratifying and implementing relevant international agreements as well as adopting international and EU standards in the field of air pollution and radiation management.