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15 May 2013

Québec and Chile, environmental partners

Ricardo Irarrázabal, Chilean Undersecretary of the Environment, and Diane Jean, Québec Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks. (Photo: ©François Nadeau)

The Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), the Centre d'expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec (CEAEQ) and the Chilean Ministry of the Environment have entered into a partnership aimed at sharing expertise in the fields of air and water quality, waste management and specialized services provided by environmental analysis laboratories.

The partnership was made official on May 11, during a trip to Québec by Ricardo Irarrázabal, Chilean Undersecretary of the Environment, and Roberto Ibarra, Chilean Ambassador to Canada. A complementary protocol to the 2002 Québec-Chile cooperation agreement was signed by Ricardo Irarrázabal and Diane Jean, Québec’s Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.

The complementary protocol will allow the partner organizations to pool and develop their know-how and technology in order to meet common objectives in the areas of the environment, sustainable development and the combat against climate change.

Fighting climate change is a Québec priority. The Québec government has adopted North America’s most ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target, namely 20% below the 1990 level by the year 2020. To reach this goal it has prepared a 2013-2020 climate change action plan, which will be released this spring. Chile’s target for 2020 is a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with the 2007 level.

Québec trade branch in Santiago
Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs
Centre d'expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec
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