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Targets set by Parties

According to the Protocol on Water and Health, each Party has the obligation to establish and publish its national targets and the respective target dates for each target area within 2 years of becoming a Party.

The targets shall cover the areas stipulated in Article 6, paragraphs 2 (a) to (n), except where national circumstances make them irrelevant for preventing, controlling and reducing water-related disease.

PartiesOverviewDate of Adoption of the TargetsNational Targets SetNational Summary Report
(2015-2016)
Additional Information
Belarus

Responsible body/coordination body:
The main coordination body responsible for the implementation of the Protocol is the Ministry of Health. The other key responsible entities are the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection and the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services.

Targets set:
Targets, target dates and indicators to measure the progress, in accordance with article 6.2 of the Protocol were set in 2013 by the Order of the Minister of Health. 

2013

ENG

RUS

ENG

RUS

Croatia

Responsible/coordination body:
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Energy are responsible for implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in Croatia.

Targets set:
Four targets set in national legislation, as well as target dates and indicators.

2017ENGENG
Czech
Republic

Responsible body/coordination body:
The main authority responsible for the implementation of the Protocol is the Ministry of Health. For the purposes of the implementation of the Protocol, an intersectoral Task Group was established, including representatives of all related ministries (Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Environment).


Targets set:
Targets, target dates and indicators to measure the progress, in accordance with article 6.2 of the Protocol, are set. Most of the targets and target dates defined refer to the applicable EU legislation.

Two additional targets under Article 6.5 of the Protocol refer to the planned arrangements for coordination between the competent authorities in order to promote the achievement of the targets.

2008

ENGENG
Estonia

Responsible body/coordination body:
Targets communicated to the secretariat by the Health Board of the Republic of Estonia, with copy to the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Environment.

Targets set:
The present compilation of targets comprises national targets that are laid down in different documents which have been approved or adopted by the Government of the Republic of Estonia.The compilation does not include those targets deriving from the EU Directives. Targets and target dates shown in the table are being regularly renewed.

2016ENGENG
Finland

Responsible body/coordination body:
A national working group, led by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, was established, gathering representatives from the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, Foreign Affairs, the Finnish Environment Institute, the National Public Health Institute and the National Product Control Agency for Welfare and Health.


Targets set:
Targets and target dates in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol have been adopted.

Targets and target dates are based on EU legislation including relevant reporting procedures, national legislation and appropriate national programmes. Additional new targets and target dates have been defined to cover all target areas mentioned in the Protocol only when necessary to comply with the Protocol’s requirements.

2008ENGENG
France

Responsible/coordination body:
Targets have been developed by an inter-ministerial working group and presented jointly by the Ministry of Health and Solidarity and the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition.

Targets set:
All targets are based on EU legislation including relevant reporting procedures. On national level, targets are implemented through the National Plan on Health and Environment (NPHE), which is developed every 5 years, subject to approval of the Council of Ministers. The objectives of NPHE are elaborated and set jointly by the Ministry of Health and Solidarity, Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Labour.

2013ENGENG
FRE
Germany

Responsible body/coordination body: 
Targets have been coordinated with the relevant supreme Länder authorities (responsible for practical enforcement) within the framework of the German Working Group on Water Issues of the Federal States and the Federal Government and the Association of Supreme Länder Health Authorities, involving the respective expert groups.


Targets set:
Targets and target dates in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol have been adopted. In the areas where the requirements of the Protocol are fulfilled, no target has been set.

A baseline analysis has been carried out, and when relevant, target, target date, activities and indicators have been set.

The national law has been revised according to the requirements of the Protocol. An additional target under the article 9.1a related to communication and education about water related disease has been defined.

2011

GER

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ENG
Hungary

Responsible body/coordination body:
A Special Committee on water and health under auspices of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Public Health, with input from the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Water, is responsible for the process of target setting.


Targets set:
Most of the targets set and the framework for their implementation are determined by the EU requirements.
After a first review of progress in 2008, the targets and target dates have been slightly amended. Most target areas under Article 6.2 of Protocol have been covered. Some targets have not yet been set but are planned. No target will be set under article 6.2.g(i) as it is not relevant. An extra target has been set related to the expected impact of climate change.

2008ENGENG
Latvia

Responsible/coordination body:
Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia are responsible for drafting national policy and setting long-term planning objectives.


Targets set:
Targets are set for paras. 6.2 (c), (d), (j) and (n). These targets have been formally established within health and environment policy planning documents adopted by the Government of Latvia, e.g. the Environmental Policy Strategy 2014-2020 and the Public Health Strategy 2014-2020. The Strategy prescribes for achievement of relevant targets by 2023, while in the sphere of health target dates are set separately for each target by the Ministry of Health.

2013ENGENG
Lithuania

Responsible/coordination body:
In 2004 the Minister of Health and Minister of Environment created a Working Group for the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health under the leadership of the Ministry of Health. The Working Group includes representatives of both governmental and non-governmental entities. Joint cooperation contributed to the adoption of Outlines for the Implementation of the Protocol in 2005.


Targets set:
The first six targets were set during 2005-2008 and related to the development of legal and organizational framework for monitoring and enforcing standards for the quality of drinking water as well as to the development of surveillance systems for outbreaks of water-related diseases. Starting from 2009 the next four targets were established in order to develop water management plans and to evaluate data on implementation of the Protocol. In June 2006 the Government of Lithuania approved the programme on Groundwater Resource Evaluation and Usage for Drinking Water Supply for 2007-2025 in accordance with the EU Directives.

2005ENGENG
Luxembourg

Responsible body/coordination body:
The target formulation was coordinated by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures in collaboration with the national Water management agency.

Targets set:
The targets have been adopted in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol and are largely consequences of the implementation of existing EU legislation. They reflect ongoing projects and current national priorities. They cover as well infrastructural projects as communication and sensibilisation activities. The set target dates are ambitious and are supposed to maintain the dynamic and cooperation in the projects. The formulation of the targets and indicators has been coordinated with the national coordinator of the sustainable development goals.

FRE
Netherlands 

Responsible body/coordination body:
The Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment has the lead in this process. The Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management is involved.


Targets set:
Targets are formulated for subjects mentioned under article 6.2 and 9 of the Protocol on Water and Health. Reference is made to the targets that are already set in current legislation, and information is collected for reporting under national or EU acts and decrees. Defined target, deadline, responsible entity and target indicator are described for almost all target areas, when available.

2011ENGENG
Norway

Responsible body/coordination body:
The coordination has been led by the Ministry of Health and Care Services with the Norwegian Food Safety Authority as secretariat, in close collaboration with the Norwegian Environment Agency and Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Targets set:
Targets, target dates and indicators to measure the progress, in accordance with article 6.2 of the Protocol were set in 2015.

2015ENGENG
Romania

Responsible body/coordination body:
The authorities responsible for the implementation of the Protocol are the Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests and the Ministry of Health.

Targets set:
Targets and target dates were set by an intersectoral working team of experts in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol and were officially adopted in 2016. The targets are based on EU legislation including relevant reporting procedures, national legislation and appropriate national programmes. Prior to the approval, the targets were reviewed in connection with reporting exercises under the Protocol. Exchange of experience during the workhshop on collecting good practices on target setting and reporting (Geneva, 8-9 March 2016) played a key role in fostering the official approval procedure.

2016ENGENG
Republic of Moldova

Responsible body/coordination body:
The Steering Committee for the target setting process was composed of representatives of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health, other Governmental entities (the Agency Apele Moldovei, the project institute Acvaproiect) and a representative of the NGO community (ECO-Tiras).

Targets set:
Targets and target dates have been set thanks to an assistance project financed by the Swiss Development Cooperation and supported by UNECE.
Targets have been set in all target areas under Article 6.2 of Protocol. The detailed publication presents the process of setting targets and target dates and its results.
For each target area, a review of the current situation and issues was initially realized. Targets and target dates (with specification of the responsibilities), and measures and activities to be handled (mentioning time frames and responsible organizations) were successively defined.

2016

ENG

RUS

ROM

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RUS

Publication “Setting targets and target dates in the Republic of Moldova” (2011)
Serbia

Responsible body/coordination body: The targets were set jointly by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia, according to article 6, paragraph 2 of the Protocol on Water and Health.

Targets set:

2015ENGENG
Slovakia

Responsible body/coordination body:
The responsible institutions for targets fulfillment are the Ministry of Health in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment. The other institutions involved are the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as 3 scientific institutions and municipalities.


Targets set:
The first four national targets have been set in 2001, according to the needs of the country, and approved by the Slovak Government in 2003 and 2005. In July 2007, the Slovak Republic has updated its targets and established nine new national targets, under Article 6.2 and Article 9 of the Protocol on Water and Health.

2014

ENG (2007)

ENG (2014)

ENGProgress report on setting targets and target dates submitted to the 1st meeting of the Task Force on Indicators and Reporting (2008)
Spain

Responsible/coordination body:
The targets have been prepared by the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, with support of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Education. At country level, the Ministry of Health is responsible for achievement of targets within stipulated period. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment is responsible for water management targets and publishes information in their website such as the Public Bank of Environmental Indicators (BPIA) and the Annual Report of Indicators.


Targets set:
Targets and target dates are set in the national legislation. Most targets refer to the EU legislation, especially Water Framework Directive. Reporting is conducted under national or EU acts and decrees. Defined target, deadline, responsible entity and target indicator are described for almost all target areas, when available.

2015ENGENG
Switzerland

Responsible/coordination body:
Implementation of the Protocol, which was ratified by the Swiss Parliament in 2008, lies with the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).


Targets set:
Most of targets are set within Swiss national legislation. Most targets are reflected in Swiss Water Protection Act or Swiss Food Act. Targets 6.2 (d) and (f) are considered fulfilled. 13 targets have been implemented on national legal basis, while other targets are currently discussed by authorities since there is a need to amend national laws for further implementation. All targets are publicly available on the website of FSVO.

2005ENGENG
Ukraine

Responsible body/coordination body:
The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources overviews the execution of the Action Plan under the Act "On implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health" (2003). For the national targets setting process, it had established an Interdepartmental Working Group on Protocol Implementation consisting of ministries and state committees, NGOs, research organizations and river basin organization. The government of Norway provided assistance to support Ukraine for the national targets setting process. A baseline analysis was initially carried out; a first draft of the National Targets was developed, consolidated, and then opened for public review. The National Targets under the Protocol were finally approved in 2011.

 

Targets set:
Targets, indicators, intermediate and final deadlines as well as responsible executive authorities are detailed.  The Cabinet of the Ministries of Ukraine ordered the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Youth, Science and Sport and Ministry of Health to provide the Ministry of Environment with information on the National Targets on a regular basis.

2011ENGENG

Publication “National Targets of Ukraine to the Protocolon Water and Health" (2011)

Information on the progress in setting targets and target dates in other countries can be found in their summary reports submitted to the Meeting of the Parties at its second session.