Thanks to the Japanese Environment Ministry and the French Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition, Ono city signed on the 15th of March a declaration of intention concerning water cooperation with Hérault-Méditerranée Agglomeration Community, a community involved in many water activities such as the Carrying Water Project.
From the left： Mr.Laurent Pic French ambassador in Japan, Mr. Gilles D’Ettore representative of the Hérault-Méditerranée Agglomeration Community, Mr. Takao Okada Mayor of Ono city, Mrs Naomi Tokashiki Vice-minister of the Environment.
The cooperation between Ono and Hérault-Méditerranée Agglomeration Community also gained the support of the Rhone Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations （CLAIR）. The French ambassador in Japan Mr. Laurent Pic and the Japanese Vice-minister of the Environment Mrs. Naomi Tokashiki and 7 others people were present at the signing ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Japanese Environment Ministry.
The declaration of intention is based on the french-japanese declaration of intention for the cooperation in developing a low carbon environmentally friendly society signed by the two countries in 2015 and it was the first official exchange between local authorities taking part of this declaration.
The representative of the Hérault-Méditerranée Agglomeration Community, Mr. Gilles D’Ettore Mayor of Agde city in France visited Ono the 13th of march and had a meeting with Mr. Takao Okada Mayor of Ono in Japan.Through a partnership with the Rhone Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency run by the French Ministry for an Ecological and Solidary Transition, Agde city is involved in many water activities including a decentralized cooperation in water management with the town Tata in Morocco, and a project for the re-utilization of waste water to water the city golf course.
Through dialogue, Mr. Okada and Mr. Gilles D’Ettore realized that the two local authorities are both facing the same water challenge. They became aware that crossing borders, exchanging ideas and experiences with other people around the world about environmental awareness activities, sustainable water management, water sanitation support in foreign countries is necessary to improve their relative water project.
Hopefully, the two local authorities will take this occasion to define the framework of a new cooperation orientated towards world water scarcity by arranging regular meetings, and sharing their knowledge and abilities.