Cooperation shall be carried out in the following areas: (a) use of economic methods in nature management with the application of environmental audit; (b) rate setting, standardization, metrology and certification in the field of environmental protection; (c) environmental monitoring; (d) protection of atmospheric air; (e) protection of surface and groundwater; (f) protection of land; (g) protection of wild flora and wild fauna; (h) protection and development of protected natural areas; (i) exploration of mineral deposits with the application of environmental-friendly methods; (j) scientific research in the field of environmental protection and rational use of natural resources; and (k) environmental audit. Cooperation shall be carried out in the following forms: (a) joint programs; (b) conferences and symposia; (c) publication of materials, articles and reports; (d) exchange of legal, technical, scientific and methodological documentation; (e) joint research; and (f) constitution of joint working groups.
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After seven decades as a constituent republic of the USSR, Belarus attained its independence in 1991. It has retained closer political and economic ties to Russia than have any of the other former Soviet republics. Belarus and Russia signed a treaty on a two-state union on 8 December 1999 envisioning greater political and economic integration. Although Belarus agreed to a framework to carry out the accord, serious implementation has yet to take place.