New publications in English
March-22-21Best Spatial Planning Practices to Prevent the Effects of Environmental Noise on Health and Quality of Life
- There are many sources of noise, which increase the difficulty of mitigating the effects. Some examples are noise from road and air traffic, as well as rail noise, noise from port (harbor) facilities or from construction sites.
- Land-use planning and management are some effective and key noise control and mitigation measures. These measures are planned and implemented by regional county municipalities (RCM), municipalities and proponents.
- There are various best environmental noise mitigation practices, from active transportation to street design, by way of the orientation of buildings and inner rooms, not to mention noise barriers and the addition of plants arranged in an optimal manner. Although the effectiveness of several of these measures has been quantified, they are poorly known.
- Since environmental noise has harmful effects on people’s physical and psycho-social health and quality of life, applying these solutions will help properly protect...
This report presents findings from a scoping review with analysis of the literature on competencies for healthy public policy. It is intended to inform public health professionals about the trends and tendencies over the past 15 years or so related to what public health schools, organizations, and authorities have done and are doing with regard to developing competency frameworks as one tool for increasing their ability to intervene in public policy. In addition to presenting the findings, we suggest that increasing organizational capacity in this area is a promising way to move policy work forward.
February-24-21Tools and Methods for Integrating Health into Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Policies and Strategies
This paper presents the results of a scoping review of the literature on existing tools and methods for integrating health concerns into climate change adaptation and mitigation policies and strategies. It is intended for public health actors who may be involved in the development of such policies and strategies. It may also be of interest to other actors who would like to further integrate the health dimension into their actions aimed at combating climate change.
The review of the scientific and grey literature identified thirteen tools and methods, which were classified into five categories:
- Impact assessment tools;
- Tools for integrating health into adaptation policies and strategies;
- Conceptual frameworks; ...