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Health and Environment Primer

Do you want to know more about environmental health policy in Europe? The Health and Environment Alliance has produced this “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.

Last updated on 15 June 2011

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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