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Building multi-country collaboration on watershed management: lessons on linking environment and public health from the Western Balkans
Cairns, M., C. Cox, J. Zambrana, J. Flotemersch, A. Lan, A. Phillips, G. Kozhuharova, M. Qirjo, M. Szigeti Bonifert, AND L. Kadeli. Building multi-country collaboration on watershed management: lessons on linking environment and public health from the Western Balkans. REVIEWS ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. Freund Publishing House Limited, Tel Aviv, Israel, 32(1-2):15-22, (2017). https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2016-0053
Published in the journal, Reviews on Environmental Health.
Community-based watershed resilience programs that bridge public health and environmental outcomes often require cross-boundary, multi-country collaboration. The CRESSIDA project, led by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), forwards a resilience-focused approach for Western Balkan communities in the Drini and Drina river watersheds with the goal of safeguarding public health and the environment. The initial phases of this project give a contextualized example of how to advance resilience-driven environmental health goals in Western Balkan communities, and experience within the region has garnered several theme areas that require focus in order to promote a holistic watershed management program. In this paper, using CRESSIDA as a case study, we show (1) how watershed projects designed with resilience-driven environmental health goals can work in context, (2) provide data surrounding contextualized problems with resilience and suggest tools and strategies for the implementation of projects to address these problems, and (3) explore how cross-boundary foci are central to the success of these approaches in watersheds that comprise several countries.
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Organization:U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NATIONAL EXPOSURE RESEARCH LABORATORY
SYSTEMS EXPOSURE DIVISION
ECOSYSTEM INTEGRITY BRANCH