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EDCs in Germany: WECF is networking for more protection

WECF encourages media, scientists, local communities and national authorities and local communities to take action for more protection from endocrine disrupting chemicals


Countries: Germany, Europe
Donors: EEHI - European Environment and Health Initiative
Issues: Chemicals and Health, EDCs
Duration: 05/2017 - 02/2018

The overall goal of this project is to protect human health and environment from EDCs. This could have been achieved by strong EDC criteria and a good strategy set by the EU Commission, which both are not existing. So other actions have to be taken to avoid the increase of health impacts related to EDCs. National actions and awareness raising among policy makers, media, scientists, health and social sector, consumers and other multipliers will be main activities among the project. These project aims on networking, specifically between different sectors/stakeholders, for improving the exchange of information, as well as to keep and increase the importance of EDCs on the political agenda and to raise awareness for the public interest.

Objectives and linked activities of the project:

Media in Germany will report about Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
German media attention on EDCs is still very low. To improve the situation WECF will choose a different approach for reaching media and journalists’ attention. The project aims to install a core group of journalists and to support them with newest scientific research on EDCs.

 Making the topic of EDCs visible for policy makers and other stakeholders on European and international level
WECF took part at the ExCop of the Basel-Rotterdam-Stockholm Convention, in April and May 2017 in Geneva and the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Environment and Health Process, in June 2017 in Ostrava. In both conferences WECF made the issue of endocrine properties of chemicals substances visible and brought it actively into the political discussions, into the plenaries, the working groups and the relevant documents and declarations.

WECF’s activities at the conferences

Lobby activities

German Scientist and Health sector will talk about EDCs
So far the German scientists are very quiet in terms of scientific and political discussions on EDCs criteria finding and protection from EDCs. Public statements from scientists and their expertise, knowledge and engagement is needed especially in Germany  to increase the pressure for policy makers to take more action to protect human and the environment from EDCs. It also should raise scientific based awareness among the public such as media, health insurances, media, etc. Within this project WECF will try to encourage scientist to raise their voice for the need of better protection from EDCs.  The German Deutsche Endocrine Society (DGE) demands from policy makers more protection EDCs. WECF welcomes this statement.
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Consumers and local authorities know more about EDCs and take action
As long as no strong regulation on EDCs exists, consumers and especially vulnerable groups like pregnant women and children need to be protected from EDCs. WECF will inform multipliers from different sectors such as midwives, people working at children day care institutions and the health sector. WECF will inform consumers at WECF nesting website, which will be updated frequently in the frame of this project. Furthermore WECF will raise awareness on the topic at local authorities in the City of Munich, or other cities and communities. Hazardous Substances (HS) and EDCs are still not on the high level of the agenda. We want to encourage city representatives and city departments to take action in different sectors to reduce exposure from EDCs and other HSs.

This project is financed by the European Environment and Health Project, EEHI.

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