Final Report on capacity building workshops on EU and Pan European environment and health policies
On 1-2 December 2005, EPHA Environment Network organised the second of a series of capacity building workshops on EU and Pan European environment and health policies for Central and Eastern European NGOs. The workshop, which was co-organised by HEAL’s local member Sustainable World Foundation and co-funded by the Open Society Institute, took place in Sofia (Bulgaria) with participants from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Latvia. Speakers included representatives of the European Delegation in the country, the Ministry of Health, various local environmental NGOs and journalists.
The overall objective of the workshop was to raise awareness and increase participation of Central and Eastern European NGOs and community groups on health and environment policies in view of EU accession and implementation of the Budapest Ministerial Conference commitments.
The programme therefore focussed on local experiences and case studies on regional priority goals (water and sanitation, air pollution, accidents and urban environment, chemicals) and on other health and environment policies at EU and national level (e.g. mercury and health, environmental justice, etc.). Participants also received targeted advocacy and media training on health and environment issues.
What was highly appreciated was the possibility to obtain information on various issues (environment and health in general, but also children’s environmental health, air pollution, persistent toxic substances, water, urban development, healthy schools), including the EU accession process, and to get hands-on advocacy and media training.
Overall, the balance between presentations and discussions were considered very helpful (7 out of 12). However, participants would have liked more interaction and practical exercise.
Almost all participants (11 out of 12) gained ideas on how to run an effective campaign and considered that participation to the workshop opened up new possibilities for networking. Also, most of them would be willing to attend other similar HEAL training events.
Please find below the final programme and presentations from the workshop, as well as a final report from the event.
- Pan European Environment and Health Process and opportunities for civil society, Dr Hristina Mileva (Ministry of Health)
- Water and sanitation, Diana Iskreva (Earth Forever Foundation)
- Accidents and habitat and Urban Environment Strategy, Antoaneta Yoveva (Sustainable World Foundation)
- Chemicals and POPs, Ivaylo Hlebarov (Za Zemiata)
- Aarhus Convention, tools for new Member States and accession countries, Monica Guarinoni (EPHA Environment Network)
- Environmental justice, Dr Tamara Steger (Centre for Environmental Policy and Law)
- Lobbying and steps in planning an advocacy campaign, Genon K. Jensen (EPHA Environment Network)
Last updated on 14 June 2011