2005-08-14 06:16:14

Belarus joins Kyoto Protocol

MOSCOW, Aug. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree Saturday approving the country's accession to the Kyoto Protocol, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Accession to the Kyoto Protocol will allow Belarus to contribute to the prevention of climate changes, get access to financial resources in the green house quota market and seek further integration into the European and world community, the presidential decree said.

Belarus' hazardous discharges into the atmosphere are way below the quotas set forth in the Kyoto Protocol, so it can sell the difference to countries that exceed their quotas.

Joining the protocol will also entitle Belarus to participate in projects of joint implementation, thus making it easier for the country to introduce high technologies and modernize its industries to reduce greenhouse emissions, the presidential press service said. Enditem