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Subregional Workshop on water and health in Central Europe and the implementation of the UNECE/WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and Health

8 - 9 May 2012

Bratislava, Slovakia

The workshop, the second of a series of sub-regional workshops organized under the framework of the Protocol, aimed to share experience on the implementation of the UNECE/WHO-EURO Protocol on Water and Health between countries in Central Europe. The workshop was held on 8-9 May 2012, back-to-back with the Protocol’s Task Force on Target Setting and Reporting, 10-11 May 2012.

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, together with the International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) hosted by the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The workshop was held in the framework of the programme of work of the UNECE / WHO-Europe Protocol on Water and Health.

The overall goal of the workshop was to:

  • Facilitate exchange of countries’ experiences on water and health related issues, notably on the regulatory, institutional and technical aspects connected with the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health
  • Discuss emerging problems, implemented solutions and remaining challenges, and on how the Protocol helps to address these problems.

The workshop was targeted to decision-makers and experts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, representing the environment, water management and health sectors, in order to exchange experience and discuss challenges related to a coordinated approach to water, environment and health related issues and the implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health. International and national non-governmental organizations working on water and health related issues were also invited to attend the workshop.

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Programme of the workshop

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List of participants

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Report

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Background presentation with questions for discussions

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The UNECE/WHO Europe Protocol on Water and Health: its main obligations and implementation
Ms. Franziska Hirsch, Secretariat of the Protocol on Water and Health, UNECE

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WHO Guidance relevant to the Protocol on Water and Health
Ms. Darina Sedláková, WHO Country Office, Slovakia,
prepared with Mr. Roger Aertgeerts, Co-secretary to the Protocol, WHO-Europe, and Mr. Rifat Hossain, WHO Headquarters

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Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in Hungary
Ms. Zsuzsanna Steindl-Kerekes, Ministry of Rural Development, Hungary

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Target setting under the Protocol on Water and Health in Slovakia
Ms. Eva Kosorinová, Public Health Authority, Slovakia

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The implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health in Romania and related challenges
Ms. Andreea Harceag and Ms. Ana Drapa, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Romania

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Water and Health challenges and progress towards ratification on the Protocol on Water and Health in Slovenia
Mr. Martin Kavka, Ministry of Health, Slovenia

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3

Relationship of the Hungarian targets set under the Protocol on Water and Health and the EU - legislation
Mr. Mihály Kádár, National Institute of Environmental Health, Hungary

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Water Utility Act in Hungary
Mr. Lázló Vojtilla, Hungarian Energy Office

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Economic analysis of measures to implement the Protocol on Water and Health in Slovakia
Mr. Boris Minárik, International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC), Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute

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Financing measures to address water issues in Romania
Ms. Andreea Harceag and Ms. Ana Drapa, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Romania

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Drinking water activities and measures in Slovenia
Mr. Martin Kavka, Ministry of Health, Slovenia

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Introduction to work in groups: How the Protocol's implementation can better serve the improvement of water and health
Ms. Andrea Májovska, International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC), Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute

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Measures in Hungary (outcome of group work)

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Measures in Slovakia (outcome of group work)

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Measures in Romania (outcome of group work)

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Measures in Slovenia (outcome of group work)

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Surveillance of water - related disease
Ms. Franziska Hirsch, Secretariat of the Protocol on Water and Health, UNECE

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Small-scale water supplies and sanitation in Hungary
Ms. Marta Vargha, National Institute on Environmental Health, Hungary

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Equitable access to water and sanitation
Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Co-Secretary to the Protocol on Water and Health, UNECE

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Public participation under the Protocol on water and Health
Ms. Ana Drapa, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Romania

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Facilitation of public participation in the framework of the promotion of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) - Activities and means of the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP-CEE) and GWP-Romania
Mr. Liviu N. Popescu, President of GWP-Romania, Member of GWP-CEE Regional Council

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Introduction to session on reporting with questions
Ms. Andrea Májovska, International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC), Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute

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The first reporting exercise under the Protocol
Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Co-Secretary to the Protocol on Water and Health, UNECE

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