How the FGEF acts on land degradation and persistent organic pollutants
Land degradation and persistent chemical and organic pollutants have a direct impact on the world heritage. They are linked with several other environmental issues and have become a major global challenge for the years to come.
Environmental factors, including chemicals, are responsible for 25% of all diseases worldwide
The FGEF is contributing to the gradual phase-out of the most dangerous chemicals in order to reduce environmental and health risks arising from exposure to the most toxic chemical substances.
Projects to phase out POPs have been implemented in Africa and the Mediterranean. The risks are particularly severe in these regions, where pesticides have become a considerable threat to the health of rural and urban populations, especially the poorest of these, as well as worsening the degradation of soils and water resources.