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Relief and development organization helping children worldwide by tackling causes of poverty and developing access to clean water, food, health care, education, and economic opportunities.
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Prepare International is a world mission group dedicated to seeing the Kingdom of God come more fully in our generation and the generations to come. We exist to help others SEE the Kingdom, ENTER the Kingdom and EXPRESS the Kingdom in every arena of life.
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Being one of the most densely populated countries in Europe, Belgium's environment faces pressures from overpopulation, degradation, industrial and agricultural pollution, and air and water pollution.1 Belgium has recently undertaken efforts to address environmental concerns through a variety of legislative initiatives.2 Each region has various agencies dedicated to areas of environmental concern, such as the Brussels institute for Environmental Management, the Wallonian Agency for Air and Climate, the Wallonia Waste Disposal Office, the Department of Environment, Nature and Energy (Flanders), and so on.3 Despite the involvement of these various agencies, population density and industrial concentration continue to pose threats to Belgiumâ's environment.4

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1 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Europe/Belgium-ENVIRONMENT.html#b
2 http://www.eubusiness.com/europe/belgium/environmental-rules
3 Ibid
4http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/bitstream/111111111/127/1/publication_scr_belgium_final.pdf
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Geography

Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between France and the Netherlands
Area

Total 30,528 sq km
Land 30,278 sq km
Water 250 sq km

Climate

temperate; mild winters, cool summers; rainy, humid, cloudy
Natural Resources

construction materials, silica sand, carbonates ;
Natural Hazards

flooding is a threat along rivers and in areas of reclaimed coastal land, protected from the sea by concrete dikes
Current Environmental Issues

the environment is exposed to intense pressures from human activities: urbanization, dense transportation network, industry, extensive animal breeding and crop cultivation; air and water pollution also have repercussions for neighboring countries; uncertainties regarding federal and regional responsibilities (now resolved) had slowed progress in tackling environmental challenges

Demographics

Nationality
Belgian
Population
10,444,268 (July 2013 est.)
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This modern, open, and private-enterprise-based economy has capitalized on its central geographic location, highly developed transport network, and diversified industrial and commercial base. Industry is concentrated mainly in the more heavily-populated region of Flanders in the north. With few natural resources, Belgium imports substantial quantities of raw materials and exports a large volume of manufactures, making its economy vulnerable to volatility in world markets. Roughly three-quarters of Belgium's trade is with other EU countries, and Belgium has benefited most from its proximity to Germany. In 2011 Belgian GDP grew by 1.8%, the unemployment rate decreased slightly to 7.2% from 8.3% ...See More the previous year, and the government reduced the budget deficit from a peak of 6% of GDP in 2009 to 4.2% in 2011 and 3.3% in 2012. Fourth quarter GDP growth in 2012 was at -0.1%, the third consecutive quarter of negative growth. This brought economic growth for the whole of 2012 to negative 0.2%. It also left Belgium on the brink of a possible recession at the end of 2012. However, at year's end, the government appeared close to meeting its 2012 budget deficit goal of 3% of GDP. Despite the relative improvement in Belgium's budget deficit, public debt hovers around 100% of GDP, a factor that has contributed to investor perceptions that the country is increasingly vulnerable to spillover from the euro-zone crisis. Belgian banks were severely affected by the international financial crisis in 2008 with three major banks receiving capital injections from the government, and the nationalization of the Belgian retail arm of a Franco-Belgian bank. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$427.2 billion (2012 est.); $428.1 billion (2011 est.); $420.6 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

20.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 21.1% of GDP (2011 est.); 21.8% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

sugar beets, fresh vegetables, fruits, grain, tobacco; beef, veal, pork, milk
Industries

engineering and metal products, motor vehicle assembly, transportation equipment, scientific instruments, processed food and beverages, chemicals, basic metals, textiles, glass, petroleum