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Development of a Health and Environment Geographical Information System for the European Region

  • WHO Regional Office for Europe
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 24)

Abstract

A geographical information system combining data on both health and the environment would facilitate policy development, implementation and management, as well as research, in the fields of public health and environmental quality in Europe. A World Health Organization consultation therefore met to verify the usefulness and technical feasibility of creating such a permanent information management system. The issues discussed were its areas of application in the health and environment field, the administrative infrastructure required at both national and international levels, the usefulness of pilot studies, the data sources and requirements, the choice of indicators, the software and hardware specifications and the training of appropriate personnel. It was recommended that the European Centre for Environment and Health, Bilthoven, be considered as the coordinating point for launching the initial programme, to be based on pilot studies chosen according to well defined criteria, and that the Centre should seek the help of qualified technical collaborating centres and other national and international organizations engaged in the use of geographical information systems for environment and health management.

Keywords

Geographical Information System European Region Environment Geographical Information System United Nations Economic Commission Public Health Data 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

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  • WHO Regional Office for Europe

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