South East and Southern Europe Nations Pledge to Reduce Pollution

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Countries in the Western Balkans region currently rank among the worst in Europe for air pollution.

Countries from the South East and Southern Europe have agreed on new joint measures to reduce pollution.

They aim to incentivise and redirect investment towards non-polluting activities, promote waste prevention and recycling and step-up the monitoring of transboundary pollution, among other programmes.

A report commissioned by UN Environment found while countries in the Western Balkans region have made strides in environmental policy, they continue to face serious challenges related to air and water pollution, unregulated waste dumping and soil contamination.