Budapest. June 11 (MTI) – President Janos Ader praised the activities of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) at an event marking the 25th anniversary of setting up the environmental organisation in Szentendre, north of Budapest.
Of the programmes ran by REC over the years he highlighted research into the links between air pollution and children’s respiratory diseases, and a project to turn environmental and security risks into cooperation opportunities. He also talked about the CarpathCC Climate Change Framework Project, also supported by the European Union, stating that it symbolised cooperation between neighbouring countries.
“When REC was set up 25 years ago, it was impossible to predict that in 2105 we would be talking about a large increase in natural disasters, the consequences of global warming, the melting of the ice caps, ocean acidification, growing challenges to food production, and shortages in water supply,” he said.
Ader expressed hope that an agreement on climate protection can be sealed in Paris late this year and would be followed by fast action. To make progress, however, the largest polluters, including the United States and China, should reach an agreement with one another, he added.