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HEAL primer on European health and environment

Do you want to know more about environmental health policy in Europe? The Health and Environment Alliance has produced a “Health and Environment Primer”, which provides an introduction to all aspects of European environmental health policy.

The guide defines basic environmental health concepts and maps out recent developments in the environment and health arena. It covers European policy developments in an accessible and approachable way combing history with information about relevant organisations and providing web-page references.

It is aimed at policy-makers in the health and environmental sectors, including politicians, NGOs, academics, local authorities, women’s and youth groups, and those working in the health sector, including health ministries, hospitals and health care centres, and health professionals and carers, patient and European citizen’s groups.

The primer is a resource to help people understand better what issues are involved in environment and health policy, where they can go to find out about the important environment and health developments, and who will be able to provide them with opportunities to become involved in different aspects of this important work.

This guide consolidates major policy developments over past years with an eye to positively moving forward into the next five-year policy cycle. It describes the WHO Budapest Ministerial Declaration on Environment and Health adopted in June 2004 and the follow-up Inter-governmental review held in 2007. It also introduces readers to the European Commission Action Plan on Environment and Health for 2004-2010.

The primer will be regularly updated on this page.

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