First positive results for the National Environmental Health Plan 2021-2025

One year after the publication of the fourth national environmental health plan 2021-2025 (PNSE 4), it is time to take stock. According to the first progress report, 98% of the planned actions have already been started for an investment of 76 million euros.

“The fourth national health-environmental plan is now a reality. I am very satisfied with the dynamic that has been established “., welcomes Christophe Béchu, Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion. Almost a year after its launch, the ministries responsible for ecology and health are making an initial inventory of PNSE4, the aim of which is to protect both the health of the French and the environment. Results: in this first year, 98% of the planned actions are in progress or already completed for an investment of 76 million euros.

A health, human and environmental. The National Environmental Health Plan 2021-2025 is part of this approach, with the aim of acting so that the French can live in a healthier living environment, with more accessible information for all. The plan is divided into four axes: training and awareness, risk reduction, multiplication of the actions carried out by local authorities, improvement of knowledge on the effects of the environment on the health of populations. To achieve this, the plan is based on the implementation of 20 actions and about fifty sub-actions.

What is the budget? The first progress report of the plan shows significant progress: 98% of the actions foreseen in the PNSE4 are ongoing or already completed, ie 94% of the sub-actions in progress and 4% of the completed sub-actions. Only 2% of the secondary actions have expired or have not yet started. On the financing side, 76 million euros have already been spent, for a provisional budget of 177 million euros over the five years.

Pollution and chemicals

To inform citizens about the state of their environment in their municipality, PNSE4 contributed to the deployment of Recosanté. This free digital service was developed within the incubator of the interministerial digital department (DINUM) and provides information on the quality of your environment (outdoor air quality, risk of pollen allergy, bathing water quality, etc.) by municipality through indicators and recommendations to adapt their behavior. Since its launch, this site has been viewed more than 1,100,000 times.

The chemicals present in everyday articles are also better identified with the AskREACH European project which involves 19 partners from 12 European countries including France through the involvement of Ineris. In this context, the Scan4Chem application was launched which allows European consumers to instantly obtain information on the presence of substances of concern by scanning the barcode of an object. This application resonates with citizens with an increase in the number of scans performed (x 5.2) by consumers compared to November 2020.

Furthermore, among the actions undertaken to spread knowledge on the Only Health approach, the report notes the creation of a common space for sharing environmental data, Green Data For Health. This space has already enabled the online publication of a catalog containing 129 environmental databases and the creation of a research community for public data on environmental health.

Overdue projects

If some projects are already reaping their fruits, others have not yet seen the light. This is especially true for the two priority research programs and facilities (PEPR): PEPR Exposome and PEPR Emerging Pathogens / Zoonoses in a “One Health” approach.

Endowed with 80 million euros, the PEPR MIE (Emerging Infectious Diseases) focuses on the mechanisms of crossing the barrier between species, on the spread in human populations, including the role of environmental factors, with a view to preparing and responding to these emergencies. To prevent the risks of zoonotic emergencies and pandemics), the PEPR Prezode (30 million euros) directs its research activities in order to identify the risk factors linked to global changes and to propose optimized surveillance and alert systems.

The first calls should be launched in November for the PEP MIE and in December for the PEPR Prezode. A PEPR project, related to the Exposome, is expected in the autumn as part of the third wave of the Call for projects for exploratory PEPRs managed by the NRA, the report specifies.

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