Pollution watch

Published: Wednesday 31 July 2002

An environmental data centre will soon come up in the United Arab Emirates (uae). The centre will collect and analyse information on issues, including air pollution and marine ecosystems, from across the globe as an aid to better environmental strategy and policy-making.

"It would help a lot of developing countries to come up with solutions for their polluted environment," said Majid-al-Mansouri, acting secretary-general of the uae's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency.

The uae will initially invest us $3 million to us $5 million to launch the ambitious project. It plans to approach national governments and other donors to set up seven regional offices in central, south and southeast Asia, north and south Africa, the West Asia and Latin America.

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