Developing Countries: Waste Management

Department for International Development written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support her Department provides to developing countries to assist them in (a) producing waste management strategies, (b) tackling pollution and (c) reducing health risks associated with (i) toxic waste and (ii) other pollutants.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development), Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

UK support to these issues is primarily through the Global Environment Facility, to which the UK is contributing £210 million for the period 2014-2018. The GEF has allocated $554 million of support to developing countries for waste management, to tackle pollution and to reduce toxic waste in this period.

DFID is also providing some other limited assistance, including £7.6 million to the World Bank Pollution Management and Environmental Health programme, which assesses the health risks of pollution in developing countries and provides assistance to manage that pollution, and £8 million to the Global Alliance on Clean Cooking to reduce indoor air pollution.

DFID is currently working with other parts of government to consider how to extend the impact of our work in this area.

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