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Greater co-operation to protect against natural hazards

Sep 23, 2004 / alpMedia
Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein intend to co-operate even more closely to protect against natural hazards in the Alps. This decision was taken by the four German-language Environmental Ministers at this year's meeting in Potsdam/D. The Ministers concurred that natural catastrophes in the Alps were likely to occur more and more often despite all the efforts being made with regard to climate protection.
To help prevent and avert natural hazards the four countries are planning to set up a cross-border network comprised of experts, scientists and decision makers among the local authorities.
Given that glaciers in eight out of nine glacier regions of Europe are receding, the Ministers were also agreed that efforts in climate protection itself should be intensified. They appealed to Russia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol so that it could come into force as speedily as possible. There was also unanimous agreement that the development of re-newable sources of energy was a key issue. In a further step in climate policy the Environment Ministers agreed to advocate retaining emissions-related landing fees in air traffic.
Source: (de)