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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Exploring synergies between health, climate change mitigation and nature conservation

Green infrastructure can function as a climate change adaptation measure that also promotes health and well-being. This is the message and opportunity being discussed at the 2017 European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change, taking place on 27–29 June 2017 in Bonn, Germany. This year’s theme is “Biodiversity and health in the face of climate change”.

Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health

13–15 June 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic


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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Data and evidence

European Environment and Health Information System (ENHIS)

ENHIS is an evidence-based information system aiming to support public health and environmental policies in the WHO European Region.

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