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Cairo is world's second most polluted megacity, initiatives to tackle this yield results

Egypt

<p>Cairo is the world’s second most polluted megacity, but the World Health Organization says the government is pursuing several programs to tackle this.</p> <p>One of such initiatives, is the annual burning of rice straw by farmers who have no other means to dispose of it.</p> <p>“Some pollutants exceed the limit of what is permitted (by the law). These are usually higher in greater cities like Cairo, but on a national level we have good environmental conditions in several governorates. The Egyptian government has placed a target to enhance the quality of air as part of the national strategy for sustainable development, through decreasing pollution levels for pollutants less than 10 microns, by 50% by the year 2030. This plan is proceeding with good pace,” said Egypt’s head of Environmental Affairs Agency, Mohamed Salah.</p> <p>The Egyptian government is offering traders an incentive to buy straw from farmers for 50 Egyptian pounds or $3 dollars per tonne.</p> <p>Salah said this initiative is delivering results ,adding that that an industrial boom in the North African nation also contributed to the pollution. </p> <p>He however said, the dark cloud season is over and all citizens in Egypt are attesting to this. </p> <p>The World Health Organization is holding its first global air pollution conference in Geneva this week.</p> <p><strong>Reuters</strong></p>

The Egyptian government has placed a target to enhance the quality of air as part of the national strategy for sustainable development.

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