The environmental cooperation agreement was signed by Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra and French Secretary of State for Ecology Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

(Communicated by the Ministry for Environmental Protection)

On June 24, 2008, Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra and French Secretary of State for Ecology Ms. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet signed an agreement between the government of the State of Israel and the government of the French Republic on cooperation on environmental matters, water resource management, nature conservation and energy efficiency.

The agreement relates to cooperation on the following subjects:

  • Problems of mutual concern, their identification and the evaluation of relevant control technologies , including risk assessment, early warning and chemical management;
  • Protection of nature and its conservation;
  • Water recycling, aquifer protection and renewal, seawater and saline water desalination;
  • Methods for environmental monitoring and follow up including use of environmental information systems;
  • Environmental awareness;
  • Cooperation between academic and research institutes, including promotion of technical innovations for environmental protection, improvement of energy efficiency and development of methods for water resource management;
  • Renewable energy resources and technologies, including sun, wind and biomass;
  • Carbon sequestration technologies;
  • River rehabilitation including prevention of water pollution from agricultural and municipal sources;
  • Exchange of opinions on global environmental problems, especially climate change;
  • Combating desertification;
  • Environmental problems in relation to other policy areas, with an emphasis on implementation, compliance and enforcement methods;
  • Promotion of international cooperation on the environment, including UNEP and OECD.

Means of cooperation will include:

  • Meetings to discuss environmental matters, water resource management and energy efficiency;
  • Special/ad hoc meetings to discuss subjects of mutual interest and benefit;
  • Information and data exchange on research and development activities, policy, environmental practices and legal provisions as well as analysis and assessment of environmental impact, and if necessary, coordination of specific research activities;
  • Visits of scientific and technical experts or officials for discussions on subjects of mutual interest and advancement of research and development;
  • Support of international projects aimed at solving global or regional environmental problems, promotion of energy efficiency, methods for water resource management and development of an atmosphere of cooperation;
  • Exchange of opinions and information on multilateral environmental agreements, especially in relation to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.