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Linking environment & health!

Marijke Wouters Environmental Consultant marijke.wouters@eco-scan.be

ECO-IMPACT Monitoring with bees

Eco-impact is specialized in measuring the quality of the environment, in particular the quality of the air, soil, groundwater and surface water, with the aim of estimating possible health risks. In addition to the traditional measurements, Eco-impact also makes use of (bio)monitoring as a method. For example, (crust)mosses, bees and plants can be very valuable for collecting information about the quality of the environment. For example, bees fly and harvest on average within a radius of 3 km around the hive, which is equivalent to an area of 27 kmĀ². In this way they are perfect (micro)samplers of the environment. Such (bio)monitoring ensures more understandable and more accessible measurement campaigns for the general public and is also less expensive than traditional measurements.

ECO-IMPACT Monitoring with lichen

Such monitoring can play an important role in many processes. For example, in the event of an impact assessment concerning a plan or project EIA, in the granting of a license for polluting activities or for ad hoc follow-up of accidental pollution. The services of Eco-impact are thus available for the guidance of companies, governments and residents, who wish to monitor the environment and want to know the impact on health.

The activities of Eco-impact are closely related to those of OLFASCAN and eco-scan. Just think of the follow-up of air quality, the processing of the data in EIA and ecological impact studies. The forthcoming EIA accreditation for the discipline 'people - health' within the scan-team is also a perfect addition.


With the establishment of Eco-impact in 2017, a specialized study agency is active that is fully dedicated to the impact assessment of health through monitoring and is therefore unique in Belgium. Specifically, this concerns a collaboration of experts from Flanders (eco-scan and OLFASCAN), Wallonia (Odometric and Fluxae) and France (Apilab and Evadies). In France, the monitoring of the environment in relation to health has been applied for almost 20 years. Although few links are currently being made between the environment and health in Belgium, Europe obliges us to follow this type of monitoring.

Would you like more information regarding the services of Eco-impact? Take a look at the website (http://www.eco-impact.be) (for the time being only available in French version) or contact Toon Van Elst (toon.vanelst@eco-impact.be).

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