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Minister of Environment deals with issues of marine environment and climate change while on a visit in Greece


On 13-14 May, Valentinas Mazuronis, the Minister of Environment, will participate in EU and Mediterranean Ministerial Meetings on Environment and Climate Change in Athens to address the issues of marine environment and climate change.

Considering the poor condition of marine environment, the ministers will discuss major problems and measures which must be taken to ensure its improvement. The main topics will be how to increase the effectiveness of measures applied and sustainable marine and coastal management, how to improve regional and international cooperation and coordination of actions.

For Lithuania, likewise other EU countries, improvement of the marine environment condition is of relevant importance. The Baltic Sea is still suffering from eutrophication, pollution with hazardous chemical substances, extinction of biodiversity and intensive human activity in the sea (navigation, extraction of natural resources, wind mills, laying cables and pipelines, fishing, etc.).

The assessment of the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive performed by the European Commission (EC) concluded that the worst implementation of the provisions is in the Baltic Sea region. The main reasons for this poor assessment are a lack of coordinated activities among the Baltic Sea countries in the implementation of the directive in the Baltic Sea environmental commission, a lack of EU guidelines and recommendations regarding proper implementation of the directive, shortage of information and scientific research related to specific components of the ecosystem and their interaction.

V.Mazuronis notes that, during the next implementation stage of the directive wile preparing a programme of measures for achieving a good marine environmental status, it is very important to reach an agreement within the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission and align actions and attitude regarding proper implementation of the directive, perform scientific research and implement the environmental monitoring programme as per the requirements of the directive.

The second part of the meeting is dedicated to climate change issues. Its objective is to prepare for a ministerial discussion regarding reduction of emitted greenhouse gas to be held during the session of the working group of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Durban platform in Bone in June.

The informal ministerial meeting on environment and climate change will deal with EU actions and participation in negotiations encouraging the Convention countries to timely provide proposals regarding greenhouse gas reduction objectives in the new climate change agreement. The meeting in Bone will discuss the way the agreed negotiation stages of the new agreement are implemented before the Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015 and the assessed progress of the convention countries to provide proposals for greenhouse gas reduction objectives included in the new universal climate change agreement.

The new international climate change agreement should be prepared in less than two years. The Convention countries should ratify the agreement at the Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of 2015. The main objective of the working group of the Durban platform in 2014 is to prepare draft text of the new agreement to be discussed at the Climate Change Conference in Lima in December 2014.

The key priority of the EU is to prepare elements of the new agreement and confirm guidelines regarding provision of information about greenhouse gas reduction objectives. The EU also seeks to achieve climate change mitigation goals by involving countries that have not assumed the obligations of the second commitment period of the Kyoto protocol by 2020.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas