Specific environmental risks are safeguarded under the jurisdiction of the Department of Environmental Risks and Ecological Damage (DERED). They include environmental risks posed by chemical substances, related major industrial accidents, and handling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The DERED draws national damage prevention policies for these areas, develops systems for evaluating these risks, proposes indicators for their monitoring, and executes specialised state administration derived from relevant legislation.
At the same time, the DERED guarantees activities resulting from the country’s membership in international organisations (UNEP, OECD – Chemicals Programme and Working Groups on Industrial Accident Prevention, Biotechnologies, and Nanomaterials) and from ratified international treaties (Rotterdam Treaty, Helsinki Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants) in its jurisdiction.
Contaminated sites management in the Czech Republic is mainly covered by the Ministry of the Environment and other relevant ministerial bodies. Number of contaminated sites is remediated and the risk to the human health and to the environment is reduced every year. The Department of Environmental Risks and Ecological Damage is the competent authority in this field.