Success story of the day: Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment – DG Environment

06 October 2010 | News story

Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment – DG Environment has organised a debate with key stakeholders to identify priority actions for the integration of biodiversity into social and economic policies and all levels of decision making. It has also launched a campaign “I give life to my planet” at the end of 2009 which is targeted at the general public, in particular children and youngsters.

It aims to stimulate people to engage in conservation by adopting simple actions and behaviours. A website allows people to choose their commitments for biodiversity. A book “366 actions for biodiversity”, children’s games, a complete educational package, electronic games and “Boomerang” cards in cafés and restaurants have also been produced. The campaign is implemented in cooperation with other Countdown 2010 partners in Belgium: Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Natuurpunt and Natagora.

The Ministry has carried out a review and analysis of federal legislation to develop a new instrument against voluntary introduction of invasive alien species in Belgium and has supported TEMATEA – a joint project by IUCN and UNEP. Efforts have been made to promote sustainable forest management through public procurement policy and support forest governance, in particular in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

For more information please visit the Countdown 2010 website.