French environment reviewed

France's main environmental challenges remain much as they were at the beginning of the 1990s, according to the French environment institute's latest comprehensive review, the first for nearly four years (EED 17/11/98). Ifen finds that progress was achieved in some areas, but not enough was done to change behaviour, improve land management and reduce the impact on resources. It also warns that accidents such as the Erika oil spill and last year's factory explosion in Toulouse show gaps in preventive policies. Ensuring better information for all stakeholders is a key emerging challenge, Ifen concludes. See press release.

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