Rhine's green renaissance welcomed

Members of the International commission for the protection of the Rhine (IKSR) welcomed enormous environmental improvements over the last 25 years at the organisation's annual meeting this week. By 2000, an action plan launched after a serious chemical pollution incident in 1987 achieved 70-100% cuts in inputs of 40 priority hazardous substances, compared with a target reduction of 50%. Nearly all native fish species have been restored, including a breeding salmon population. Agricultural pollution remains a problem though. A new action programme, Rhine 2020, was adopted in 2001 (EED 26/01/01). See IKSR and press release.

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