Today Premier Li Keqiang of the People’s Republic of China and the New Zealand Prime Minister, the Hon Bill English, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Arrangement between ESR and China’s largest and most comprehensive national environmental research organisation. Established in 1978, the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), is affiliated to the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

ESR engages in scientific activities very similar to CRAES, especially in the areas of improving the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources for human use and the safer use of bio-wastes.

 “We see this agreement as beneficial for both organisations and countries. We will be able to partner across a wide range of technologies, testing methods and research to improve the environment,” said Chief Executive of ESR, Keith McLea.

“In the future we foresee many opportunities to work together to improve the understanding of each other’s science and research.  Jointly we may potentially explore research projects in New Zealand, China and internationally.”

The memorandum could possibly involve the exchange of technical staff between the two countries.

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