UNIDO, Seoul tackle Mekong pollution

VIENNA, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The government of South Korea agreed to fund the U.N. Industrial Development Organization to help Cambodia address pollution problems, the U.N. said.

The United Nations announced that the Korean International Cooperation Agency agreed to set up a $900,000 trust fund to help assess environmentally vulnerable portions of the Mekong River through Cambodia.


The project, UNIDO said in a statement, aims to find low-cost technical solutions that can improve the water quality in the Mekong River. Lessons learned from the monitoring project in Cambodia will help concerned agencies replicate the project in neighboring countries, the U.N. agency said.

"The project will help improve the water quality of the Mekong River and reduce the negative impacts from industrial activities through the introduction of UNIDO's integrated approach for the transfer of environmentally sound technology," it added.

The UNIDO agreement with the South Korean agency, signed in Vienna, is the first of its kind. The two-year UNIDO project will be carried out jointly with the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia.

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