Signing of MoU Between NEPA and MADERA
On February 19, 2014, NEPA (the National Environmental Protection Agency of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan), and MADERA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the cooperation between the two organizations. The MoU was signed by His Excellency, the Director General of NEPA, Mostapha Zaher, and MADERA’s Country Director, Hélène Vidon.
As Afghanistan's environmental policy-making and regulatory institution, NEPA’s role is to regulate, coordinate, monitor and enforce environmental laws. The agency plays a major role in environmental protection, and acts as the central point in dealing with the management of Afghanistan's natural resources so that it benefits all the citizens of Afghanistan.
“We are custodians of the environment, we are not the owners. We should hand the environment over to the next generation in the most pristine way possible.... I attach great importance to this MoU between NEPA and MADERA, as it is a good step towards protecting the environment of Afghanistan,” said H.E. Mostapha Zaher at the signing ceremony at NEPA’s headquarters in Kabul.
In Afghanistan, where 80% of the people rely on natural resources for their livelihoods, both NEPA and MADERA recognize the complementary role each organization can play in improving awareness about the environment, promoting environmental protection issues, and supporting the sustainable use of natural resources, in order to positively impact long-term growth for the country. The objectives of this agreement are therefore for both partners to share knowledge and expertise, and participate in activities which advocate for environmental protection and natural resource management.
Helene Vidon also spoke at the ceremony, pointing out that the MoU is the “beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration between the two partners, benefitting Afghanistan, its citizens, and its natural resources.”
More information about NEPA is available on their website: http://nepa.afghanistan.af/en