Environment and health

The environment is a major determinant of health, estimated to account for almost 20% of all deaths in the WHO European Region. In 1989, concerned about the growing evidence of the impact of hazardous environments on human health, WHO/Europe initiated the first ever environment and health process, towards a broad primary prevention public health approach, and to facilitate intersectoral policy-making.

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Floods across Europe affect thousands

Recent reports of flooding in the WHO European Region have included the highest tide in Venice in more than half a century, as well as communities cut off in Montenegro and people evacuated from their homes in the United Kingdom.

13–15 June 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Environment and health tools

  • AirQ+

    Software tool for health risk assessment of air pollution

  • CaRBonH

    Carbon Reduction Benefits on Health calculation tool

  • GreenUr

    Green Urban spaces and health tool

  • iSThAT

    Integrated Sustainable Transport and Health Assessment Tool


European process on environment and health

In the late 1980s, European countries initiated the first ever process to eliminate the most significant environmental threats to human health. Progress towards this goal is driven by a series of ministerial conferences held every five years and coordinated by WHO/Europe.

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