Boom in French environmental education

The number of students enrolling in degree-level environmental courses in France rose by a quarter between 1997 and 2002 to over 25,000, French environment institute Ifen has reported. The trend mirrors growing environmental employment opportunities (EED 10/09/04), it notes, which in turn are being driven largely by green legislation. The number of basic environment courses on offer in France has more than doubled since 1994 to 559. Including both university and vocational training courses, the most important specialism is pollution prevention and control. See survey.

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