Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in the EHP

We have a pleasure to present you our new brochure “Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in the European Environment and Health Process” that was prepared by Pedro Marques Pinto from EEHYC National Platform in Portugal. Pedro participated on behalf of EEHYC in the Bonn School on Environment and Health, organized by the WHO European Center for Environment and Health in Bonn, and this brochure is one of the outcomes of his participation. The brochure was officially launched during the 9th Meeting of the European Environment and Health Task Force (Germany, 2019). Enjoy your reading!



Youth photo competition The competition aimed to draw the attention of the public, policymakers, and relevant stakeholders to the views of young people on issues related to environment and health in Europe. The competition was organized by the European Environment and Health Youth Coalition in partnership with Women in Europe for a Common Future to coincide with the World Health Organization’s Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health which took place in Ostrava, the Czech Republic 13 -15 June 2017.


Empowering young environment and health leaders

 As a part of preparations for the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (13–15 June 2017, Ostrava, Czech Republic), EEHYC has produced a booklet about youth participation in the European Environment and Health process. The booklet offers a short overview of EEHYC development, current structure, partners, involvement in political and decision making  process at national and international levels as well as the role that EEHYC plays in various WHO programmes on environment and health. Development of this booklet has been supported by WHO Country Office in Ukraine. 


Survey on Hygiene Knowledge, Attitude and Practice survey report

With the aim to get pupils perspective on water, sanitation and hygiene conditions in schools, EEHYC conducted a Survey on hygiene knowledge, attitude and practice in Lithuania, Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

The study was implemented with the financial and technical support of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in the framework of 2014-2016 program of work of the Protocol on Water and Health.



We were proud to announce that the new EEHYC brochure developed within the framework of 2014-2016 Program of work of the Protocol on Water and Health was officially launched during the EEHYC Bonn Meeting in September 2015!

The youth-friendly brochure addresses students of all age classes and aims at exploring different problems that come with using water sanitation and hygiene facilities in schools. Besides giving straightforward health facts on 3 different topics, it also provides memorable tips and tricks for students` proper hygiene behavior in a humorous way.


Promoting the Participation of Young People in the European Environment and Health Process booklet

Young people are active within organisations that take action on environment and health issues. These organisations such as student associations, large and small NGOs and community groups, have youth participation embedded within their structures. Many activities are youth inspired and youth led. Including young people within the environment and health process brings ideas and experience to the health process and allows the voice of young people to be heard.

The booklet highlights practical examples of meaningful participation of young people in the European Environment and Health Process. The 26 projects referred to in the booklet are presented in detail below. The projects have been implemented by young people in various European countries, and are only a very small part of what young people are currently doing all across Europe. It is open to further additions.


Environment and Health

1. CEHAPE – Youth Participation in Austria is a project of Youth Environment Platform JUMP (Jugend-Umwelt-Plattform JUMP) from Austria, which aims at building the capacity of young people on the regional priority goals to involve them in implementing the CEHAPE and to ensure high-quality participation of young people in Austria.


2. Let’s Talk about Sex was developed by the youth NGO Appel de la Jeunesse from France to increase young people’s interest in endocrine disruptors.


3. Greenpride Festival is another project of Appel de la Jeunesse organized every year to reach people who do not usually think about the environment and the effects of its degradation on health in a fun way instead of a moralistic, distressing way.


4. Guinea Pig Generations – No, Thank You! is a regular campaign of Appel de la Jeunesse that focuses on a specific environment and health topic. In 2011, it focused on bisphenol A, a hormone disruptor used to make certain plastics, than then end up in the environment. In 2012, the campaign focused on raising public awareness about genetically modified organisms.


5. Publication of books on environmental causes of cancer and on the mobilization of young people is an activity of Appel de la Jeunesse, which focused on raising awareness among young people and on spreading an optimistic view of the future by proposing specific initiatives and alternatives in domains such as agriculture, energy, tax system, economy, entrepreneurship and environmental health.


6. Health status of selected municipalities of the Slovak Republic with prevalence of cancer diseases is a research project ran by a student group from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, trying to better understand the effect of microelements in soils on the health status of population and ways to solve the problem of incidental cancer, cardiovascular and endocrine diseases.



1. RES-coop-Croatia (energy cooperatives as a new model for renewable energy development) is a project of the United Nations Development Programme Croatia, within the framework of which a young researcher extended the work at a local level in the Municipality of Gundinci as a potential pilot project.


2. The Green Project of the Atenistas initiative group of young people from Athens, Greece is a regular activity of transforming abandoned public places into parks and playgrounds that aims to ameliorate the everyday environment of the citizens and highlight substandard areas of the city.


3. Green Days at the University of Iceland is a programme implemented by Gaia Student Organization that seeks to promote the environmental discourse within the University of Iceland with the aim of increasing students’ environmental awareness by seeking knowledge and expertise to practice more environmentally friendly behaviour.


4. Local Action – Global Impact is a project of Terra-1530 from the Republic of Moldova in which young people are actively involved in a reforestation project aimed at maintaining a cleaner environment.


5. Versluijs – Projects, Green Youth Initiatives is an informal youth platform established by an initiative group from the Netherlands that has as a goal to generate the possibility for youth to work on their ideas and start their own projects addressing the loss of biodiversity and sustainability.


6. National Contest Edelweiss is a yearly project organized by the teachers and students at Dr. Alexandru Barbat Technical High School in Romania aimed to develop an active and protective attitude among young people towards the environment, development of environmentally friendly behavior, knowledge and application of environmental norms.


7. Reduce Reuse Recycle is a project implemented by the youth NGO Society for Responsible Consumption from Romania, in which organizers created the conditions for participants to reflect and act on the relationship between people’s consumption habits, environmental protection and social welfare, based on the premise of sustainable development of local and regional communities and on young people’s role in building a strong local community as a prerequisite for a strong national and international community.



1. Health4Youth is a project implemented by AEGEE-Europe from Belgium to show young people what a healthy lifestyle is all about. The main question addressed within the project is what is considered to be a healthy lifestyle and how to maintain it.


2. First Aid for Schools is a project of a youth organization for students from Denmark called International Medical Cooperation Committee. The project seeks to provide training in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the oldest school students at little or no cost for the schools.


3. Health for All is another project of the International Medical Cooperation Committee from Denmark, the mission of which is that undocumented migrants have the same rights to public health. The project aims at to make the health care professionals in Denmark aware of the problem and give them tools to meet undocumented migrants.


4. HEALTHday (SUNDdag) is also a project implemented by the International Medical Cooperation Committee from Denmark. It aims to increase the general citizens’ interest in their own health by providing different but highly qualified and easily understandable information with new inspiration for healthy lifestyles to the general public of Aarhus.


5. IMCC-Sexinuk is a project of the International Medical Cooperation Committee from Denmark that seeks to improve sexual health among young people in Greenland by providing adequate education in an attractive manner.


6. The Food Day project is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food in Lithuania managed by Lithuanian Medical Students Association. Its goal is primarily to reduce diet- related disease by promoting healthy foods and supporting sustainable farms.


7. A National Anti-Smoking Campaign implemented by A-SMYLE Alumni student group from Montenegro aims to raise awareness about smoking throughout the population of young people in Montenegro, ranging from kindergarten children to university students, and to promote a healthy, no-smoking lifestyle to young people.


8. The FTMB Trophy project, as part of the European Move-Week, aims to enhance young people’s mental and physical health by encouraging them to practice sports in their everyday life. It was implemented by the Bucharest Youth Foundation of Romania.


9. Teen Sport Cup is another project of the Bucharest Youth Foundation, Romania that has been implemented to encouraging the young to practice sports in their daily life.


10. Do You Have A Spare PLANet was a research project conducted by a student from Belgrade’s School of Dentistry, Serbia, with the aim of providing information on ambient air quality in one’s school and highlighting how air quality affects student productivity.


Peer-to-Peer Education

1. DiTestaMia Health Promoting Guys: Empowered Peer Education is an initiative of a group of young people from Italy supported by the Tuscany Regional Government, which aims to promoting health in the young population through peer education.


2. Open Online Courses: Spreading the Word on Sustainability is a peer-to-peer education project of an initiative group of young people from the Russian Federation called the Open School for Sustainable Development of Society. The aim of this project is to share knowledge on sustainable development in the Russian- speaking online community.


3. No Excuse Slovenia – the Model for Youth Empowerment and Participation is a project of the No Excuse Youth Network from Slovenia that aims at raising awareness about actual topics and encouraging young people’s critical thinking by peer-to-peer and intergenerational dialogue.