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About the survey

This survey forms part of a UNECE/WHO-Europe study on institutional conditions for the integration of transport, health and environment policies. The study is funded by the pan-European programme on transport, health and environment (THE PEP), a programme jointly managed by WHO-Europe and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). THE PEP focuses on three key priorities: (i) the integration of environmental and health aspects into policies and decisions on transport; (ii) the shift of the demand for transport towards more sustainable mobility; and (iii) urban transport issues.

This survey is a first step in identifying the range of current institutional practices across UNECE/WHO-Europe member states that promote greater horizontal integration (between sectors) and vertical integration (between different levels of decision-making) in the field of transport, health and environmental policies. The material gathered will be used to compile a summary of current practice across UNECE/WHO-Europe member states. A short summary of the survey responses will be produced by December 2005 and the summary will be discussed in a workshop organised by the German Government in January 2006. In the longer term, the material will lay the foundation for a guidance document on supportive institutional conditions for integrated transport, environment and health policies.

The survey is divided into five main sections on:

  • joint accountability/responsibility and coordination
  • inter-sectoral awareness and/or inter-sectoral relations
  • integrated policy development
  • integrated policy delivery (implementation)
  • integrated policy assessment

What is required from the respondents?

Respondents are asked to provide information for his or her country, using examples at both at the national level and at the regional or local level, in the boxes below. Some respondents may be able to identify and provide information for a large number of these categories whilst other respondents may only be able to provide information for a more limited number of categories. The number of boxes that each respondent completes is not of importance - the intention is not to be comprehensive but rather to identify a range of interesting examples of institutional practices that promote greater integration of transport, health and environmental policies in their country. All questions require only short responses containing a brief description together with details about where more information can be found (e.g. the name and contact details of a person or organisation, the name of relevant document(s) or a website address).

Respondents are also kindly requested to draw this questionnaire survey to the attention of any other contacts who are involved in the area of transport, health and environmental policies and who may be able to provide information for any of the questions set out below. All respondents should be closely involved in the issues of transport, environment and health policies. Any number of respondents per country may complete the survey. A variety of responses from people at different levels of decision-making (national, regional and local) is sought.