!___BOLDITALIC___START!Policy Theme:!___BOLDITALIC___STOP! 2 Solidarity and the responsible management of resources
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Agenda No & Title: !___BOLDITALIC___STOP! 2.3 Environment & Health
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Customer/Users (Outside the European Commission):!___BOLDITALIC___STOP! • EcoBaby • European Environment Agency • European Environment and health Alliance • Green Facts • OECD • World Health Organiztion (WHO-Europe)
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Customer DGs( inside the European Commission):!___BOLDITALIC___STOP! • Environment-ENV • Information Society and Media-INFSO • Health and Consumer Protection-SANCO
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Keywords: !___BOLDITALIC___STOP! Human Health, environmental risk factors, air pollution, chemicals, radon, Ultra-Violet radiation (UV), indoor environment, Electro- and Magnetic Fields (EMF), environmental burden of disease (EBD), climate change, vector-borne infectious disease, human well-being, vulnerable groups.
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Rationale:!___BOLDITALIC___STOP! The impact of environmental risk factors on human health is a complicated and complex matter. Many issues are sensitive at the individual level; they are causing worries and anxiety which in some situations are even putting unjustified pressures on the political system to take action. Good, balanced and well phrased information is therefore of key importance when discussing and communicating relationships in environment and health. This was recognised by the European Commission at an early stage when it developed its Action Plan for Environment and Health 2004-2010. Communication and tools to aid communication is one of the key foci in the Action Plan.The aim of this Action is to coordinate the production of a JRC Reference Report on Environment and Health. This will provide an authoritative high quality source of environment and health information. The report will conclude the JRC knowledge and experience in the area and follow a long JRC tradition of providing balanced and unbiased information. This report will be a follow up and an extension of the report which this Action produced together with the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2005 (Environment and Health, EEA report 10/2005). The EEA report has been widely used in different political contexts from the EEA State of Environment Report 2005, the fourth assessment report "Europe's Environment" in the series 'Environment for Europe Process' (The Belgrade report), 2007, the Environment Council 'Environment and Health' conclusions of 2007, European Parliament resolution on Environment and Health, 2008 and in several NGO reports. There are already now several identified customers among them the Commission services and the European Environmental Agency. The Commission has started to prepare a follow up of the current Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010 with a plan for a second phase spanning 2011-2018. The JRC Reference Report will provide up-to-date back-ground information for this process. The EEA is producing a new "State of the Environment" report for 2010, to which the JRC Reference report will feed in, and a 5th Assessment report for the UN-ECE Environment Ministerial Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, 2011 (Environment for Europe Process).An Environment and health information system is a priority in the Community Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010. INSPIRE could be a key element and important tool to reach this objective. The data specification Annex III.5 within the INSPIRE Directive covers Human health and safety, which is defined by the Directive as "Geographical distribution of dominance of pathologies, information indicating the effect on health or well-being of humans linked directly or indirectly to the quality of the environment." We will, in collaboration with the INSPIRE Action (No 11602) begin to identify which type of health data should be included under Annex III.5.
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Summary of the action:!___BOLDITALIC___STOP! Thereference report will include information in the Environment and Health area up to September 2009. Areas to be covered are:" Environmental burden of disease" Economic valuation of environmentally related health impacts" Methods to assess exposure Human bio-monitoring programmes" Environmental risk factors: Indoor and outdoor air Radon Physical factors (UV, noise, EMF) Chemicals" Environment and health implications of new and emerging technologies" Climate change and impacts on human health" Wildlife as early warning indicators for human health impacts" Nature, biodiversity and positive effects on human health and well-being" Current policy actions in the Environment and Health areaThe report will be produced within the frame of the JRC's sub-Priority Area 1 - 'Environment and Health' with input from relevant JRC Actions in the IHCP and probably also other JRC institutes. The idea is to produce a report of 30- 50 pages with information at two different levels. A general body of text giving a broad overview, accompanied by specialised "fact sheets" with case studies and examples. The exact lay out and the detailed contents will be discussed and agreed with the participating authors. The report will begin with an executive summary based on key messages. Every chapter and every "fact sheet" will have an acknowledged author, thus giving visibility to everyone making contributions, and which can be reported as a deliverable from the JRC Actions that have agreed to contribute. The over-all coordination and editing will be done within this Action (ENVI-HEALTH). Before finalisation, the report will be sent to reviewers, (both scientific and policy orientated). The review process will ensure that the report gives a balanced and widely accepted view on the issues which in many cases are controversial. The action will identify health data which should be included in the INSPIRE Directive Annex III.5: Human Health and Safety
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Objectives:!___BOLDITALIC___STOP! • 01: Develop a detailed outline of the JRC reference report on Environment and Health and agree on the exact contributions from different JRC Actions • 02: Production of the first draft of the report • 03: Establishment of an external review panel • 04: External review of draft report • 05: Revision of draft report • 06: Finalisation of Report • 07 Identify relevant health information to be included in the INSPIRE data specification ANNEX III.5 on Human Health and Safety • 08: Continuous development and harmonisation of Environment and Health information systems • 09: Environmental consequences and benefits of new and emerging technologies. • 10: Ecosystem services and human health and well-being - exploratory activity.
!___BOLDITALIC___START!Deliverables:!___BOLDITALIC___STOP! • 01.01 Detailed outline of report with identified contributors • 02.01: Environmental burden of disease and economic valuation of environment and health impacts. • 02.02: Human biomonitoring to assess human exposure. Input from Action "Health and Environment" in IHCP • 02.03: Health implications of air pollution. Input from action No 13203 APE • 02.04: Indoor air pollution and health effects. Input from Action "Health and Environment" in IHCP. • 02.05: Indoor radon in Europe. Input from JRC Action No 51601 (REM) • 02.06: Health implication of exposure to environmental noise. Input from Action "Health and Environment in IHCP • 02.07: Health impacts of UV radiation and Electromagnetic fields • 02.08: Health impacts of chemicals • 02.09: Environment and health consequences of new and emerging technologies • 02.10: Climate change adaptations and implications for human health. Input from JRC Action No 24003 ICPA-EEI • 02.11: Wildlife as indicators of human health impacts. • 02.12: Nature, biodiversity and human health and well-being. • 02.13: Policy Actions in the Environment and Health area. • 02.14: Draft Report. • 03.01: Agreement of members of review panel • 04.01 Reports from referees • 05.01 Revised version of contributions from individual contributors • 06.01: JRC Reference Report on Environment and Health • 07.01: Input to road map for INSPIRE data specification regarding Human Health and Safety in collaboration with the INSPIRE action No 11602. • 08.01: Report on Environment and Health information systems. • 08.02: Workshop report from workshop on harmonisation and definition of Environment and Health information systems. • 08.03: Contribution with chapter on current status of Environment and Health Information Systems in the JRC reference report on Environment and Health. • 08.04: Contribution to the development of a composite pressure indicator for environmental quality (Beyond the GDP). • 09.01: Reports Environmental impacts and risks of new and emerging technologies (contribution to JRC Thematic Programme "Impact of Nanotechnology on Society"). • 09.02: Analysis and report on application of new and emerging technologies for improving environmental quality (bioremediation, waste management, anti-fouling)(contribution to the JRC Thematic Programme "Impact of Nanotechnology on Society"). • 09.03: Input on environmental impacts of new and emerging technologies to the JRC Reference Report on Environment and Health. • 10.01: Report on ecosystem services and human health and well-being. • 10.02: Report from joint EEA-JRC scoping workshop on ecosystem services and human health and well-being as preparation for the WHO 5 th Ministerial Conference in Environment and Health 2010.
Last Updated 19/03/2009 11:40:01
Action number 23001 Last updated 19/03/2009 11:40:01 Year 2009
Title Health impact assessment of environmental risk factors
Acronym ENVIHEALTH
Type
Url
Institute IES Institute for environment and sustainability
Leader PART PETER   E-Mail
Policy Theme 2 Solidarity and the responsible management of resources
Agenda No & Title 2.3 Environment & Health
Sub-Agenda No & Title
Customer - users (outside the European Commission) EcoBaby
European Environment Agency
European Environment and health Alliance
Green Facts
OECD
World Health Organiztion (WHO-Europe)
Customer DGs Environment  - ENV
Information Society and Media  - INFSO
Health and Consumer Protection  - SANCO
Discipline Communication
Health Policy & Services
Social Issues
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences
Computer Science, Information Systems
Free descriptors Human Health, environmental risk factors, air pollution, chemicals, radon, Ultra-Violet radiation (UV), indoor environment, Electro- and Magnetic Fields (EMF), environmental burden of disease (EBD), climate change, vector-borne infectious disease, human well-being, vulnerable groups.
Associated collaborations
Rationale

The impact of environmental risk factors on human health is a complicated and complex matter. Many issues are sensitive at the individual level; they are causing worries and anxiety which in some situations are even putting unjustified pressures on the political system to take action. Good, balanced and well phrased information is therefore of key importance when discussing and communicating relationships in environment and health. This was recognised by the European Commission at an early stage when it developed its Action Plan for Environment and Health 2004-2010. Communication and tools to aid communication is one of the key foci in the Action Plan.

The aim of this Action is to coordinate the production of a JRC Reference Report on Environment and Health. This will provide an authoritative high quality source of environment and health information. The report will conclude the JRC knowledge and experience in the area and follow a long JRC tradition of providing balanced and unbiased information. This report will be a follow up and an extension of the report which this Action produced together with the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2005 (Environment and Health, EEA report 10/2005). The EEA report has been widely used in different political contexts from the EEA State of Environment Report 2005, the fourth assessment report "Europe's Environment" in the series 'Environment for Europe Process' (The Belgrade report), 2007, the Environment Council 'Environment and Health' conclusions of 2007, European Parliament resolution on Environment and Health, 2008 and in several NGO reports. There are already now several identified customers among them the Commission services and the European Environmental Agency. The Commission has started to prepare a follow up of the current Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010 with a plan for a second phase spanning 2011-2018. The JRC Reference Report will provide up-to-date back-ground information for this process. The EEA is producing a new "State of the Environment" report for 2010, to which the JRC Reference report will feed in, and a 5th Assessment report for the UN-ECE Environment Ministerial Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, 2011 (Environment for Europe Process).

An Environment and health information system is a priority in the Community Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010. INSPIRE could be a key element and important tool to reach this objective. The data specification Annex III.5 within the INSPIRE Directive covers Human health and safety, which is defined by the Directive as "Geographical distribution of dominance of pathologies, information indicating the effect on health or well-being of humans linked directly or indirectly to the quality of the environment." We will, in collaboration with the INSPIRE Action (No 11602) begin to identify which type of health data should be included under Annex III.5.

Summary of the action

The reference report will include information in the Environment and Health area up to September 2009. Areas to be covered are:

" Environmental burden of disease

" Economic valuation of environmentally related health impacts

" Methods to assess exposure

Human bio-monitoring programmes

" Environmental risk factors:

Indoor and outdoor air

Radon

Physical factors (UV, noise, EMF)

Chemicals

" Environment and health implications of new and emerging technologies

" Climate change and impacts on human health

" Wildlife as early warning indicators for human health impacts

" Nature, biodiversity and positive effects on human health and well-being

" Current policy actions in the Environment and Health area

The report will be produced within the frame of the JRC's sub-Priority Area 1 - 'Environment and Health' with input from relevant JRC Actions in the IHCP and probably also other JRC institutes. The idea is to produce a report of 30- 50 pages with information at two different levels. A general body of text giving a broad overview, accompanied by specialised "fact sheets" with case studies and examples. The exact lay out and the detailed contents will be discussed and agreed with the participating authors. The report will begin with an executive summary based on key messages. Every chapter and every "fact sheet" will have an acknowledged author, thus giving visibility to everyone making contributions, and which can be reported as a deliverable from the JRC Actions that have agreed to contribute. The over-all coordination and editing will be done within this Action (ENVI-HEALTH). Before finalisation, the report will be sent to reviewers, (both scientific and policy orientated). The review process will ensure that the report gives a balanced and widely accepted view on the issues which in many cases are controversial.

The action will identify health data which should be included in the INSPIRE Directive Annex III.5: Human Health and Safety

Objectives

01: Develop a detailed outline of the JRC reference report on Environment and Health and agree on the exact contributions from different JRC Actions

02: Production of the first draft of the report

03: Establishment of an external review panel

04: External review of draft report

05: Revision of draft report

06: Finalisation of Report

07 Identify relevant health information to be included in the INSPIRE data specification ANNEX III.5 on Human Health and Safety

08: Continuous development and harmonisation of Environment and Health information systems

09: Environmental consequences and benefits of new and emerging technologies.

10: Ecosystem services and human health and well-being - exploratory activity.

Deliverables

2009-03-01  01.01 Detailed outline of report with identified contributors

2009-09-15  02.01: Environmental burden of disease and economic valuation of environment and health impacts.

2009-09-15  02.02: Human biomonitoring to assess human exposure. Input from Action "Health and Environment" in IHCP

2009-09-15  02.03: Health implications of air pollution. Input from action No 13203 APE

2009-09-15  02.04: Indoor air pollution and health effects. Input from Action "Health and Environment" in IHCP.

2009-09-15  02.05: Indoor radon in Europe. Input from JRC Action No 51601 (REM)

2009-09-15  02.06: Health implication of exposure to environmental noise. Input from Action "Health and Environment in IHCP

2009-09-15  02.07: Health impacts of UV radiation and Electromagnetic fields

2009-09-15  02.08: Health impacts of chemicals

2009-09-15  02.09: Environment and health consequences of new and emerging technologies

2009-09-15  02.10: Climate change adaptations and implications for human health. Input from JRC Action No 24003 ICPA-EEI

2009-09-15  02.11: Wildlife as indicators of human health impacts.

2009-09-15  02.12: Nature, biodiversity and human health and well-being.

2009-09-15  02.13: Policy Actions in the Environment and Health area.

2009-10-01  02.14: Draft Report.

2009-06-30  03.01: Agreement of members of review panel

2009-10-31  04.01 Reports from referees

2009-11-30  05.01 Revised version of contributions from individual contributors

2009-12-31  06.01: JRC Reference Report on Environment and Health

2009-12-31  07.01: Input to road map for INSPIRE data specification regarding Human Health and Safety in collaboration with the INSPIRE action No 11602.

2009-12-31  08.01: Report on Environment and Health information systems.

2009-12-31  08.02: Workshop report from workshop on harmonisation and definition of Environment and Health information systems.

2009-09-15  08.03: Contribution with chapter on current status of Environment and Health Information Systems in the JRC reference report on Environment and Health.

2009-03-01  08.04: Contribution to the development of a composite pressure indicator for environmental quality (Beyond the GDP).

2009-12-31  09.01: Reports Environmental impacts and risks of new and emerging technologies (contribution to JRC Thematic Programme "Impact of Nanotechnology on Society").

2009-12-31  09.02: Analysis and report on application of new and emerging technologies for improving environmental quality (bioremediation, waste management, anti-fouling)(contribution to the JRC Thematic Programme "Impact of Nanotechnology on Society").

2009-09-15  09.03: Input on environmental impacts of new and emerging technologies to the JRC Reference Report on Environment and Health.

2009-12-31  10.01: Report on ecosystem services and human health and well-being.

2009-12-31  10.02: Report from joint EEA-JRC scoping workshop on ecosystem services and human health and well-being as preparation for the WHO 5 th Ministerial Conference in Environment and Health 2010.

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