While only limited funding is available for environmental clean-ups, little is known about the location, type and size of polluted sites on a global scale and their impact on human health and the environment. Thus it is also difficult to prioritise the available funds based on relative risks.
Since 2006 Green Cross in cooperation with the Blacksmith Institute has been undertaking an inventory in low- to middle-income countries of polluted sites. With today more than 2’000 sites in the database, this allows for a better understanding on which pollutants to focus in terms of health impacts, rank risks and lay a base for prioritising cleanup investments. Reports are availabe at www.worstpolluted.org