Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom.
The WHO European Centre for Environment and Health is developing children’s environmental health indicators to monitor the implementation of the Children’s Environmental Health Action Plan for Europe (CEHAPE), endorsed by the 4th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health in Budapest, June 2004. These indicators focus on the key action items of CEHAPE’s four Regional Priority Goals (RPGs), which aim to reduce health effects in children arising from inadequate water and sanitation conditions, injuries arising from traffic as well as other unintentional injuries, promoting healthy mobility and physical activity, decrease respiratory disorders related to air pollution, and protect children from adverse health effects by physico-chemical environment. At a WHO meeting in February 2005, experts reviewed the proposed indicators and selected a preliminary set of core indicators covering the key action items of the CEHAPE RPGs. A set of priority indicators is currently undergoing a screening process for policy relevance vis-à-vis the European Union and domestic policies and regulations. For a sub-set of indicators that were not previously tested, feasibility for implementation will be tested in 11 countries. Based on the results, a ‘core’ set of CEH indicators will be recommended for implementation in the piloting European countries by October 2005. The indicators developed served as the basis for an evaluation report on CEHAPE implementation for the mid-term review at the intergovernmental meeting in 2007.