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Workshop on setting targets and reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health

10 - 11 February 2009

Geneva

The workshop on setting targets and reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health was held on 10 and 11 February 2009, back-to-back with the second meeting of the Task Force on Indicators and Reporting (12 February 2009), under the leadership of the Government of Switzerland with the support of the joint UNECE and WHO/EURO secretariat.

Background:

The Protocol on Water and Health requires Parties to establish and publish national and/or local targets and target dates in different areas in order to achieve or maintain a high level for the protection of human health and well-being and for the sustainable management of water resources. Furthermore, Parties shall collect and evaluate data on their progress towards the achievement of the targets and vis-à-vis indicators that show how far that progress has contributed towards preventing, controlling or reducing water-related disease. The areas in which targets should be set are scattered across different policy sectors and call for close cooperation among different authorities. The target-setting process offers a framework to overview the national situation, ongoing activities and harmonizes commitments with regard to relation between water and health. The workshop will create an interactive platform for exchange of experiences and communication among participants with different backgrounds and representing different sectors, all those who are or might be responsible or involved in target-setting in current and prospective Parties.

 Workshop’s objectives:

  • To present the concept, possible approaches and the main steps for setting targets and indicators and target dates under the Protocol on Water and Health, and to illustrate them with concrete examples and case studies;
  • To provide a platform for exchange of positive and negative experiences and lessons learned by Parties that have set targets under the Protocol and provide assistance for Parties that are currently undergoing or are planning to initiate the process of target-setting;
  • To demonstrate, and allow the participants to evaluate, the mechanism for reporting under the Protocol on Water and Health;
  • To review and provide additional inputs into the draft guidelines on setting targets, evaluation of progress and reporting, as well as for guidelines on summary reports currently being developed by the Task Force on Indicators and Reporting. (Drafts of these two guidelines will be presented and discussed. Further inputs into the guidelines will be sought, e.g. comments and examples or case studies).

In preparation for the workshop, Parties were kindly requested to fill out a short template (see table below) indicating their current stage in the process of target-setting, the targets set already (if applicable) and the next steps planned as well as challenges and success stories.

Documents for the workshop and for the Task Force meeting can be found below:

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Information Notice

 

Programme

 

Chairman's summary

 

 

 

List of participants

 

 

Draft guidelines on setting targets, evaluation of progress and reporting

 

Draft guidelines for summary reports

 

Infonote on pilot reporting

 

Updated future work

 

Template on current status on setting targets

 

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Templates received

Armenia

 

 

Azerbaijan

 

Belarus

 

Belgium

 

Croatia

 

Czech Republic

 

Finland

 

 

 

     Template

 

 

     Annex

 

 

     Decision

 

 

Georgia

 

Germany

 

Hungary

 

Kazakhstan

 

 

Lithuania

 

Moldova

 

Norway

 

Romania

 

 

Serbia

 

Slovakia

 

 

Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

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Presentations during the workshop

Introduction to the workshop: background and objectives

Mr. Pierre Studer, Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA, Switzerland, Chairperson of the Task Force on Indicators and Reporting

 

Presentation of the results of the survey on the status of progress in setting targets under the Protocol, conducted prior to the workshop

Mr. Tomasz Juszczak, UNECE secretariat

 

Added value of setting targets under the Protocol on Water and Health

Mr. Kjetil Tveitan, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Norway, Chairperson of the Working Group on Water and Health

 

Presentation of Part I of the Draft guidelines on setting targets, evaluation of progress and reporting

Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECE secretariat

 

National coordination arrangements for setting targets: the example of Hungary

Ms. Zsuzsanna Steindl Kerekesne, Ministry of Environment and Water, Hungary

 

Ongoing and planned activities with regards to setting targets in Ukraine

Ms. Tetyana Kyslyak, Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine

 

Public participation in the process of setting targets

Ms. Ana Tsvetkova, Ukraine, ECO-Forum

 

Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism (AHPFM) and setting targets under the Protocol

Ms. Carola Bjørklund, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, Chairperson of the Ad Hoc Project Facilitation Mechanism

 

Tools for prioritization of targets: rapid assessment in the process of setting targets

Mr. Oliver Schmoll, Federal Environmental Agency, Germany

 

Tools for assessing costs and prioritizing options: lessons learned from the application of FEASIBLE for access to drinking water in Armenia

Ms. Svetlana Vardanyan, Ministry of Nature Protection, Armenia

 

Presentation of Part II of the Draft guidelines on setting targets, evaluation of progress and reporting

Mr. Tomasz Juszczak, UNECE secretariat

 

How to combine the implementations of the Protocol on Water and Health and of the EU Acquis communautaire

Mr. Mihaly Kadar, National Institute of Environmental Health, Hungary

 

Target setting under climate change and variability

Ms. Luciana Sinisi, Institute for Environmental Protection and Reasearch, Italy, Chairperson of the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events

 

Progress in setting targets on sustainable water management in the Republic of Moldova

Ms. Tamara Guvir, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova

 

Risk based approach to the regulation of small water supplies in Scotland

Mr. Colin McLaren, Drinking Water Quality Regulator for Scotland

 

Activities related to setting targets in Belarus, progress achieved and challenges ahead in access to drinking water supply

Mr. Valery Filonau, Republican Scientific - Practical Centre of Hygiene, Belarus

 

Education and training as a target under the Protocol on Water and Health

Mr. Risto Aurola, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

 

Experience under the National Policy Dialogue process on setting targets for sustainable water management, based on Armenian practice in the Marmarik basin

Mr. Rainer Enderlein, UNECE, Mr. Volodya Narimanyan, Armenia, and Mr. Vahagn Tonoyan, Armenia

 

Presentation of the guidelines for summary reports, in accordance with the Article 7 of the Protocol on Water and Health

Ms. Francesca Bernardini, UNECE Secretariat

 

Reporting mechanisms under Aarhus Convention

Mr. Jeremy Wates, Secretary to Aarhus Convention, Ms. Charlot De Waal, Aarhus Convention secretariat

 

Overview of international data providers, relevant to reporting under the Protocol

Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, WHO-EURO Secretariat

 

Workshop conclusions

 

Participants comments on the guidelines on setting targets

 

 

 

 

 


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