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The World Bank is preparing $700 million worth of projects in Lebanon – in addition to the $1.5 billion already paid out, the organization said Wednesday.The World Bank official's comments came following a meeting with Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon and Officer in Charge of UNSCOL Philippe Lazzarini, in which the trio discussed joint projects.The European Union also pledged new funds aimed at improving the management of waste saying that Lebanon received $23.6 million to deal with the trash crisis in Mount Lebanon and Beirut.Lebanon has had no solid waste management plan since the 1975-1990 Civil War, during which the state broke down and informal dump sites began sprouting across the country.Last week's HRW report on trash in Lebanon, based on data from the Environment Ministry and the United Nations Development Program, found 941 open dumps across the country as of 2017, including 617 municipal solid waste dumps.
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