Health and Environment

In 2014, the Health and Environment Topic Area focused on the implementation of the EU Environment and Health Action Plan, the Health 2020 Strategy, the Parma Declaration and the reconfirmed Children’s Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE) of the World Health Organization (WHO). The topic area also contributed to the European Environment and Health Task Force and the Climate Change and Health Working Group of WHO Europe. In the Mid-term Review of the Parma process, topic area staff participated in the editorial group, providing hands-on examples from the CEE and SEE regions.

Plant and food security

The topic area contributed to the PLANTFOODSEC virtual research network, which aims to improve the quality and impact of training and research in relation to crop and food biosecurity in Europe. Details of the project can be found at:

Indoor air in schools

The final publication of the SEARCH II project (the second phase of “School Environment and Respiratory Health of Children”) was produced in 2014. As part of the project, a wide variety of school indoor and outdoor environments were studied, outdoor and indoor concentrations of various air pollutants in schools were measured, and associations between the school environment and children’s health were assessed in 10 countries in the pan-European region.

Education and awareness raising are the two associated components of the SEARCH III project, which started in 2014. The goal is to develop the Air Pack, an educational resource for use in schools in order to help reduce health risks to children. The development of the educational pack will be combined with regional and local environmental health training in Albania and Italy in order to exchange good practices and develop the competences of school staff in creating a healthy school environment. The project is supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea. The final publication is available at:

Planning for health

The BUMP project (“Boosting Urban Mobility Plans: Integrating Health Priorities into Planning”) provides city planners and environmental and technical officers in local authorities with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage sustainable mobility in urban and peri-urban areas. The BUMP project is implemented in nine European countries that have very different urban planning policies. The role of the topic area in the BUMP project is to integrate health and environment priorities in urban mobility plans in order to reduce air pollution and increase green areas for cycling, walking and recreation. The reduction of transport-related energy consumption and the promotion of an integrated urban transport policy are common challenges that need to be tackled at European level.

Health and Environment

Airing Ideas
February 2014 | Print

SEARCH II Outcomes
January 2014 | Online

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