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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
(2019)
Additional Information
Azerbaijan

Responsible body/coordinating body and process:

The Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan are responsible for the implementation of the Protocol. The targets were developed by an interagency working group, consisting of representatives of key ministries and other relevant institutions in the water and health sector. The process of setting targets was supported by UNECE under the European Union Water Initiative plus (EUWI+) programme and in the framework of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management (NPD), with the financial assistance of the European Union.


Targets set:

The target setting process was concluded in August 2018 with the formal adoption of national targets by a joint decree No. 524-No. 57 of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources and the Ministry of Health. The targets set in 19 thematic areas cover the entire water cycle from access to safe drinking water to quality of discharged waste water and from quality of bathing water to effectiveness of water resources management with the overall goal of safeguarding the health of citizens from water related diseases and ensuring access to water for all.

2019ENG

ENG

RUS

Belarus

Responsible body/coordinating body and process:
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 body/coordinating body and process:
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/coordinating body and process:
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/coordinating body and process:
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/coordinating body and process:

The working group for drafting the targets was led by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and the other ministries in the group were the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The expert organisations that participated to the drafting were the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, the National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health, the Finnish Environment Institute, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, the Finnish Water Utilities Association and the Global Dry Toilet Association of Finland. The targets were further tailored on the basis of statements requested from all key ministries, the authorities supervising or guiding water supply and health protection, State research institutes and corresponding bodies as well as statements from 37 registered associations representing, inter alia, the industry, officials performing environmental protection and health protection supervision, water supply plants and water cooperatives, aquaculture and fishing, scientific research, development cooperation, nature conservation, swimming teaching and environmental education and information. In addition, the targets and the statements issued thereon have been available to the public in internet via the Government Project Register.


Targets set:

The first national targets were set in 2008. In 2019 the targets were revised taking into consideration the developments in legislation, water protection and health protection that have taken place after setting the first targets. Especially, the intention has been to link the targets as a part of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, agreed on by the United Nations Member States.

2019ENGENG
France

Responsible body/coordinating body and process: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/coordinating body and process: 

Target-setting in Germany was coordinated by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry of Health, with the involvement of UBA, the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) and sixteen responsible German federal authorities/ministries. The process took place within the framework of the Working Group on water issues of the Federal States and the Federal Government (LAWA) and the Working Group on environmental health protection of the Federal States (LAUG), which both adopted the final version of the targets at their official meetings.


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

ENG

ENG
Hungary

Responsible body/coordinating body and process:
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 body/coordinating body and process: 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 body/coordinating body and process:
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.

2016ENGENG
Luxembourg

Responsible body/coordinating body and process:

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.

2017FRE

ENG

FRE

Netherlands 

Responsible body/coordinating body and process:

Target setting was carried out within existing arrangements and working structures that ensure coordination between the competent authorities for water management. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management had the leadership and main coordinating role in the process. All other bodies dealing with water were involved, including the relevant Ministries, the National Water Authority and Regional Water authorities, provinces, municipalities and drinking water companies.


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/coordinating body and process:
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/coordinating body and process:

The authorities responsible for the implementation of the Protocol are the Ministry of Waters and Forests and the Ministry of Health. Targets and target dates were set by an intersectoral working team of experts and were officially adopted in 2016 and revised in 2019.

Targets set:

The targets set under Article 6.2 of the Protocol are based on EU legislation, including relevant reporting procedures, national legislation and appropriate national programmes. In accordance with the results of the latest analysis carried out prior to the fourth reporting exercise under the Protocol in 2019, one target was revised, 5 target dates were modified, one remained under consideration and two new targets were devised at local and at transboundary levels.

2016ENGENG
Republic of Moldova

Responsible body/coordinating body and process:
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

ENG

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

Responsible body/coordinating body and process: 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/coordinating body and process:

The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment are the institutions responsible for the Protocol’s implementation. The target-setting process was carried out under the leadership of the Public Health Authority and with the involvement of the following institutions:

·         Health: Ministry of Health, 36 Regional Public Health Authorities, Inspectorate of Spa and Springs and National Reference Centre for Drinking Water

·         Environment: Ministry of Environment, State Nature Protection, Water Research Institute, Slovak Environmental Agency

·         Interior Affairs: Office of the Governmental Plenipotentiary for Roma Communities

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 body/coordinating body and process:
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 body/coordinating body and process:
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.

2017ENGENG
Ukraine

Responsible body/coordinating body and process:
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)


Targets set by other StatesOverviewDate of Adoption of the TargetsNational TargetsNational summary report (2019)Additional information
Armenia

Responsible/coordinating body and process:

Targets previously developed in the context of the Protocol in 2014 were revised with the support of the European Union under the European Union Water Initiative programme for the Eastern Partnership countries (EUWI+), within the overall framework of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on IWRM in Armenia.

The following national institutions and entities were involved in the process: Ministries of Environment, Health and Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia with the participation of the NGO Armenian Women for Health and Healthy Environment.

Draft Targets set

All draft targets were revised in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership  Agreement, as well as the Strategic Programme of Armenia for 2014-2025. The draft revised targets set in priority areas were presented at the NPD Steering Committee Meeting in October 2019 and submitted to the Ministry of Environment for adoption at the relevant governmental level.

ENG (draft)

ARM (draft)

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The draft targets are currently considered for adoption.

Kyrgyzstan

Responsible/coordinating body and process:

Targets previously set in the context of the Protocol in 2013 were revised, with the financial support of the Government of Finland through the FinWater Wei II program.
Targets set were revised by a dedicated group of experts under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration and the Ministry of Health, with the involvement of other relevant national institutions. In late 2016, the targets were adopted by the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogues.

Target set

Targets were set in the context of article 6.2 of the Protocol and in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

2016

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Tajikistan

Responsible/coordinating body and process

Targets previously set in the context of the Protocol in 2013 were revised, with the financial support of the Government of Finland through the FinWater Wei II program.
Targets set were revised by a dedicated group of experts under the leadership of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and the Ministry of Health and Social Security, with the involvement of other relevant national institutions. In late 2016, the targets were adopted by the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogues.

Target set

Targets were set in the context of article 6.2 of the Protocol and in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2016

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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.