24 July 2012

Africa: Environment Minister Suggests Transfer of Affordable Technologies

Lobito — The minister of Environment, Maria Fátima Jardim, suggested Tuesday in Lobito, southern Benguela province, the transfer of environmental accessible technologies for Africa with a view to ensuring waste management.

The Cabinet minister was addressing an opening ceremony of the First International Congress on Solid Waste being held in Africa.

Fátima Jardim stressed the desire to see the African States to order and regulate the waste management, in order to ensure that they do not cause damage to the citizens and environment.

The minister augurs that all resolutions of the congress can be applied, with the implementation of solutions that are superimposed on each country, boosting the transfer of affordable technologies to Africa.

"The waste has a big impact on public health and the environment of our country and especially in Africa," she said.

The official noted that the global economic growth increased the production of waste, as example, she said, today the large cities such as Luanda, face colossal problems of waste management.

The minister pointed out that for rural communities, where poverty is felt more, may adopt education and awareness, the study of the participatory model and especially the responsibility of citizenship.

On the other hand, she said that the Congress can serve as a way to enhance, cooperate and interact among countries.

"We know that we have plenty of opportunities with waste, through reuse, recycling and economic recovery," noted the minister, who stressed the Angolan government's commitment to order the waste management sector, with the approval on 18 July, by Cabinet Council, of Strategic Plan on Waste Urban for Angola.

The above tool serves to guide the actions of waste management in 2012-2017 and 2017 to 2015.

The event runs from 23-25 July.

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