Transatlantic Cooperation between the United States and Germany
New Horizons in Environmental Politics series
Chapter 7: Maryland and Schleswig-Holstein (2002)
On 5 July 2002, the Acting Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), Merrylin Zaw-Mon, and the Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Nature and Forestry of SchleswigñHolstein (MUNF), Klaus M¸ller, met in Tˆnning, SchleswigñHolstein to form an environmental partnership. The two signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on sustainable development, energy conservation, renewable energy, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, ëgreení building development and land and watershed management. The primary aim of the cooperation, as alluded to throughout the MoU, was to learn from one another to advance policies in these areas. The stated mechanisms for achieving this objective were through ëexchanges of information and technical assistanceí, ëstudy tours, workshops, work sessions, training courses, conferences and symposiaí. The parties also listed some possible short- and long-term activities. The short-term activities were: (1) ësetting up links to homepagesí; (2) ëcollecting best practices case studies on green buildings, watershed management, wind energy, ìsmart growthî or coastal zone managementí; (3) ëinviting individual speakers to conferences or workshopsí; and (4) ëconvening bilateral conference[s] including different actors of society (business, science, NGOs [non-governmental organizations] etc.).í
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