Environment ministries in Ontario and The Netherlands have extended their agreement to share and support environmental knowledge.
Originally signed in 2008, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) now extends the relationship until November 2026.
“The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Kingdom of The Netherlands are committed to the protection of our environment and the advancement of our joint environmental knowledge through the continued exchange of information and best practices,” states a letter from the signing parties.
So far the partnership has advanced research areas such as brownfield redevelopment, waste management and sustainable water use.
“The MoU has provided one-window access into each jurisdiction’s respective policy and program expertise,” the signatories said.
The MoU is hoped to increase business opportunities, technologies and services in both markets.
In 2013, the City of Brantford, Ontario, teamed up with The Netherlands government and Groundwater Technologies to explore the benefits of using steam remediation technology in sensitive areas, such as architectural preservation projects.