The aim of international co-operation is to contribute to and increase environmental awareness, improve the state of the environment and implement the principles of sustainable development in Estonia, Europe and the whole world.
In our international co-operation we keep two important aspects in mind:
- Using international experience in the field of environmental protection and support from other countries to improve the state of the environment in Estonia;
- Sharing Estonia’s experience and supporting countries who are interested.
Environmental co-operation can be divided into four main areas:
- Bilateral co-operation or co-operation between countries;
- Regional co-operation or co-operation between the Baltic Sea countries;
- Co-operation with European countries, especially in the European Union;
- Global co-operation.
What has been achieved?
- In order to strengthen international relations, Estonia has joined the most important global and regional conventions and signed other multilateral international agreements;
- Estonia has concluded bilateral environmental protection agreements with all of its neighbouring countries;
- With performing its obligations (membership fees and reports) arising from international agreements, the Ministry is a reliable partner to its international counterparts;
- The Ministry successfully participates in the work of institutions of the European Union;
- A system for preparing and protecting Estonia’s positions has been developed and is successfully being implemented in the development of the environmental policy of the European Union;
- The Ministry has begun with the development cooperation in the field of the environment.