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WHO/EEA Joint Workshop on Children's Environment and Health Indicators : report on a WHO/EEA joint meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark 2-3 December 2002
WHO/EEA Joint Workshop on Children's Environment and Health Indicators; World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe; European Environment Agency ( 2002 )
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Development of environment and health indicators for European Union countries : report on a WHO working group, Berlin Germany 14-16 May 2003
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2003 )
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The WHO - European Centre for Environment and Health is implementing a project to establish an environmental health (EH) indicator system. The system is designed to serve public health monitoring and environmental policies in Member States as well as to support multinational analyses. The methodology developed by the WHO project provides the basis for a set of core environment and health indicators for European Union (EU) countries as part of the European Community health monitoring system. An important characteristic of the proposed set is its consistency with the existing body of legislation and regulations at EU level. This Working Group was convened in the framework of the European Commission-sponsored WHO project "Development of Environment and Health Indicators for the EU countries" (ECOEHIS) to evaluate the EH indicators proposed by WHO vis-à-vis the relevant EC body of legislation. The Working Group identified a set of environment and health indicators adequate for EH monitoring in the EU, agreed on the system adjustments necessary for its harmonization with the requirements of the legislation and recommended indicators that need further methodological developments. The ECOEHIS project network was established to effectively steer the process through coordinating country activities, assuring broad discussion by the relevant stakeholders on the proposed environment and health indicators, testing for feasibility and reaching agreement on a set of 'core' indicators through consensus. The group decided on follow-up actions to further reinforce the efforts towards the establishment of European Community health information system in order to facilitate planning, monitoring and evaluation of the relevant policies

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Environmental health indicators : development of a methodology for the WHO European Region : interim report, 6 November 2000
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2000 )
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The methodology provides a guiding structure for regular-based reporting on the state of environment and health both within a country and at WHO-European Region level. It aims at establishment of a comprehensive monitoring system in order to assess the effect of interventions and the oversight of activities undertaken. The system enables decision-makers to focus on specific action areas covering health protection and intersectoral policies. The indicators system encompasses 11 environmental issues of public health significance and is based on the DPSEEA (Driving force 6 Pressure 6 State 6 Effect 6 Action) framework. WHO consultation has selected a set of "core" indicators for international assessments and analyses at subnational level. In addition, an extended set of EH indicators was proposed for national/local application. Operational forms for the core indicators are given together with the reports of the consultation and of a planning meeting for the pilot implementation of the system

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Extreme weather and climate events and public health responses : report on a WHO meeting, Bratislava, Slovakia 09-10 February 2004
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2004 )
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Development of environment and health indicators for European Union countries : results of a pilot study : report on a WHO working group meeting, Bonn, Germany 7-9 July 2004
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2004 )
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From October 2002 to September 2004, the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health implemented the project "Development of Environment and Health Indicators for the European Union countries (ECOEHIS)". The meeting in Bonn, 7-9 July 2004 was convened to review the results of the pilot study, testing the feasibility and applicability of proposed indicators in countries participating in the project. Based on national reports as well as the review of international databases and reporting systems, the meeting recommended a list of "core" indicators ready for inclusion in the European Commission Health Indicators core set. The meeting also identified issues that require further developmental work in order to allow for a more comprehensive monitoring and assessment of environmental health policies

Environmental health indicators for the WHO European Region 1 : update of methodology May 2002
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2002 )
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The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health is developing a system of indicators to support the monitoring of public health and environmental policies. When established the system will provide the member states with appropriate information to make comparisons and support their national policies. It will also allow tracking the progress in environment and health across Europe and contributing to the broader objective of reporting on sustainable development. The original proposal was tested in several countries of the WHO European region for feasibility and policy relevance. The process resulted in refinement of the indicators system. The WHO meeting selected the set of 'core' indicators for pilot implementation, identified priority data gaps and recommended further methodological developments. Participants also showed examples of indicator-based, policy-oriented reporting. The experts agreed on the scope and actions for the next phases of the process and adopted the protocol for the pilot survey of the EH indicators system. Updated methodology is given together with the report of the meeting. Currently the process focuses on setting up the system, to link with assessment and reporting mechanisms

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Environmental health indicators for the WHO European Region 3 : survey methods for environmental health assessments : report on the WHO working group meeting, Bonn, 18-19 November 2002
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2003 )
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The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Bonn Office is implementing a project aiming at establishment of an information system to support public health and environmental policies within and across the WHO European Region countries. The 'core' of the system are the Environmental Health Indicators (EHI). The feasibility study of the EHI system identified critical data gaps for which specially organised surveys are needed to supplement the existing statistical data as well as monitoring and surveillance systems. This meeting was convened to agree on the scope of the environment and health (EH) issues for which survey are necessary and to recommend the most appropriate survey methods and tools to enable comparable assessments within and across the countries. The group discussed experiences from large-scale, regularly conducted representative national and international survey instruments to gather information on exposures and associated health effects whose association is supported by a sufficient body of evidence. The Working Group (WG) identified several survey tools on relevant exposures and health effects; indoor air quality; housing; noise; respiratory health and annoyance. These can be used as guidelines in the design of an international EH survey. The group recommended a number of well-established surveys tools, both in the form of questionnaires and objective measurements, and identified several instruments which need further methodological development and expert consultations. Participants agreed on the necessary steps to develop the most appropriate survey design; selection of the methods and tools and their feasibility testing in collaboration with the Member States. The group pointed out that cost-effective instruments suitable for national and international use should be included in the proposal for an EH indicator system within the information platform to be endorsed by the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Budapest, 2004) for implementation across the WHO European region

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Environmental health indicators for Europe : a pilot indicator-based report
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2004 )
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The Environment and Health Information System (EHIS) is a valuable tool for monitoring and evaluating the implementation and modification of policies. The crucial element of a harmonized EHIS is a set of indicators that allows for the monitoring of public health and its determinants. This report is the product of a pilot study completed within the WHO process of developing a methodology for a pan-European EHIS. It illustrates the application of indicators for integrated public health assessment and reporting in four topic areas: air pollution, noise, transport accidents, and water and sanitation. The report provides an insight into effective methods for integrating information from environmental monitoring and health surveillance, using the scientific knowledge of exposure- response associations. These methods can both help in answering key questions on the effect of policies on health and the environment, and provide guidance on future policies and actions. The report also demonstrates the limitations of routinely collected data and outlines the need for strengthening cooperation between international agencies and the Member States

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Environment and health information system : report on the third meeting of a working group, Bonn, Germany 10 November 2004
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe ( 2005 )
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Experts from thirty countries met to follow-up the decisions of the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health concerning the development of a pan-European Environment and Health Information System (EHIS). The Working Group (WG) discussed a WHO draft for a framework plan of international and national actions in 2004-2009. It also made recommendations on the development of information support of the Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe. The international mechanism for the implementation of the framework plan, recommended by the WG, will consist of two distinct but interconnected dimensions of coordination. The WG proposed that the European Environment and Health Committee steer the overall EHIS process with support from the dedicated Coordination Group leading the technical development on EHIS. The Meeting recommended that experts from Member States volunteer to join the Coordination Group

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Improving public health responses to extreme weather/heat-waves : EuroHEAT : summary for policy-makers
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe; European Commission ( 2009 )