Efforts to reduce air pollution [Archives:2008/1149/Local News]

April 24 2008

SANAA, 22 April ) (IRIN) – The Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) is working to reduce air pollution caused by vehicle emissions and thus save on associated health costs amounting to an estimated US$100 million a year in Sanaa alone.

Hussein al-Junaid, deputy minister at the MWE, told IRIN his ministry was drafting a national strategy in cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) regarding vehicular emissions, which he said were the main source of air pollution.

Al-Junaid said an international expert would visit Yemen to review the data gathered so far, but he gave no date for implementing the plan.

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