$20m World Bank loan for Iran

DUBAI - With the aim of protecting public health and the natural environment, the World Bank yesterday signed a $20 million loan to support the Government of Iran in reducing the impact of water and air pollution in major cities across five provinces in the country.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 14 Apr 2003, 1:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 7:40 PM

The first in a series of projects to upgrade environmental management in Iran, this initiative will focus on boosting the Department of Environment's ability to respond to pollution problems.

Increasing population density in urban areas and expanding industry in the oil and gas sectors are putting pressure on Iran's environment.

Air pollution in major cities such as Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz and Ahwaz pose a serious environmental problem, exceeding the World Health Organization's (WHO) safety threshold in the range of 40 to 340 per cent.

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