Minister for Environment: Khartoum conference allows for constructive meetings and implementation of projects for environmental equilibrium

Khartoum, 11 March (SUNA) - The Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal ,has stressed that is imperative to take into consideration climatic changes in any agricultural programmes and projects.

The Minister has pointed out in a statement to the Sudan news agency that it is vital to consider coordination between the various sectors and to learn lessons from previous experiences and development related to environmental and climatic changes with the view to raise awareness and make sure that production takes into account climatic change and food security factors.

The Minister said youth and civil society organizations could play the decisive role in disseminating the culture of environmental preservation, protection and equilibrium.

The Minister pointed out to the laws and regulations on environmental protection and preservation in the Sudan and the support of the international community as well as the priority given by his ministry to the environment and how Sudan could make use of the Paris conference.

The Minister commended the Khartoum conference on green belt implementation. The belt which extends for 285 kms long and a width of 200 meters will cover an area of 13,571 fedans.

He said this is one of the project which adopt with the environmental changes, making use of the sewage system waters, while at the same time it is coupled with strict implementation of laws banning felling of trees and halting environmental degradation.

The Minister stressed the importance of the international assistance for such projects that seeks to maintain a healthy environment and to protect and preserve a health environment around urban areas.

Minister Hilal said spending on environment protection and preservation should be prioritized by the governments around the world.

Hilal pointed to the assistance provided by the international organizing for environmental equilibrium projects and those that reduce and control thermal emission and getting rid of fossil fuels.

He said Sudan is one of the first countries that resorted to the use of clean energy such as the hydroelectricity, solar energy. The Minister said Sudan could still make use of the wind energy and of garbage recycling in production of cheap energy.

He said already in north Sudan and in central Sudan, people are making use of clean energy in the argiculaural projects and in taking water irrigation through huge water pumps using solar energy that has been funded by the United Nations Environmental programme.

He underlined that his ministry has used all its relations and leverage to serve the environmental issues in the Sudan away from any politicking and that environmental standards have been developed and a Sudan forum for environmental issues has been established to this end.

As to the establishment of the Carbon Bank of Sudan, the minister said the Sudan has received the backing of the Green Belt countries, the African Union, and the Environment organization and that they were all agreed that the establishment of the Sudan Carbon Bank would serve the country and the continent.

He said all the details with regards to the structure and objectives of the bank have been completed.

He said the Sudan should make use of the present conference and learn from the experience of participating countries and organizations.

He said the Khartoum state should make use of the event to meet with donors and organization that pledged during the Paris meeting to support such project for the coming four years, without any precondition.

He added that Khartoum state could make use of this offer given the seriousness of its environmental projects.

The Minister pointed out to the axis that will be handled by the conference including desert creep, green belt, and the biological means for combating desertification, desert creep, the environmental change and the environmental challenges facing the capital Khartoum.

He said another axis to be dealt with in the conference include water resources and irrigation including water harvest and underground waters usage in the green belt area, and also the use of the sewage water in irrigation of the green belt.
M. Osman

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