The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment met with the Ambassador of Israel to Cyprus Oren Anolik on Thursday, during which they discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in a wide range of responsibilities of the Ministry of Agriculture and reaffirmed their willingness to address further issues. climate change, strengthening forest firefighting and rational water management.
An announcement from the Ministry states that Mr. Kadis briefed the Ambassador on the latest developments in the initiative announced by the President of the Republic of Cyprus for regional cooperation and coordination of actions to address climate change in the wider Eastern, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern region. Israel for its continued support of the initiative.
Mr Anolik welcomed the Cyprus initiative and reaffirmed his country's support for the adoption of a regional action plan to help address the issue of the effects of climate change.
Regarding forest firefighting, views were exchanged on possible ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and it was noted with satisfaction that joint forest firefighting exercises continue.
In the context of the debate on water management, further cooperation between the two countries on promoting more economical and efficient ways to ensure the availability of water for agricultural use, as well as to reduce water losses from water supply and irrigation networks. For this purpose, a visit of Costas Kadis to Israel is planned in the next period.