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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Belgium 2007

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This comprehensive review of Belgium's environmental policies and programmes examines the full range of issues including air and water management, nature and biodiversity management, climate change, sustainable development, environmental taxation, environmental policy, and international co-operation. It includes a statistical annex containing key environmental data.

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Environmental-Health Interface

Belgium has vigorously taken up the challenge posed by the growing concerns about health and environment (e.g. growing numbers of respiratory diseases, asthma, allergies, cancers and obesity). The federal government, regions and communities closely collaborate on environmental health issues and have signed a co-operation agreement with the force of law. At all levels, the governments give importance to science-based assessments, providing information to the population, the precautionary principle, planning and action. During the review period they adopted the National Environment and Health Action Plan (NEHAP), which will soon include measures on children’s environmental health (CEHAP), and established a permanent management structure to carry out joint research and monitoring.

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