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Uruguay and China cooperate in water resources management

Montevideo, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) Uruguay today sought China's cooperation in the management of water resources as part of the strategic partnership agreed between the two countries.

The Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Fernando Mattos, met with authorities of the Asian country for this purpose and to mitigate the repetition of the intense drought that Uruguay faced last year.

Marros considered that ‘seeking solutions to the effects of climate change must be a State policy’. He highlighted the progress made between the technical teams of his portfolio and those of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources.

The Chinese vice-minister, Zhu Chengquing, said that there are regions in China that suffered six months of flooding after the same period of drought.

These challenges have led to the development of specific regulations and a manual on the use and recyclability of water resources’, something that could be useful for Uruguay, she proposed.

The technical cooperation between the two governments will be as part of the memorandum of understanding signed recently, in order to develop a robust project for the management of water resources.

Mattos suggested that the situation of the Laguna Merín Basin be considered as a case of study in the next ‘Seminar on Water Resources Management’ in China.

In the remainder of the year, the joint committee will meet again to advance in the exploration of new cooperation projects, said the Uruguayan minister.