Since water resources have been identified as essential for the future, groundwater protection is one of the major environmental policy issues, in particular
the legal framework of contaminated land management. Water uses are taken into account in the national approach (drinking water, industrial water, water
for irrigation, recreation, etc.).
Within the framework of its contaminated land approach, the French Ministry in charge of the environment has published policy guidelines to help stakeholders
and decision makers (particularly government authorities) during the risk assessment phase of site investigations.
See Groundwater Protection