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Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme


THE PEP Toolbox

Third High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment

22-23 January 2009,
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Workshop on sustainable and healthy urban transport:
Focusing on eastern and south eastern Europe, Caucasus and central Asia

28-29 October 2008,
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova

Quantifying the health effects of cycling and walking: THE PEP presents a guidance document and an illustrative tool

28 November 2007,

Nottingham, United Kingdom



Transport plays an essential role in economic and social development in our societies. It ensures access to jobs, housing goods and services and provides for the mobility of people and for the opening up of peripheral and isolated regions.

However, the continuing expansion of transport, heavily dominated by road transport, raises serious concerns about the long-term sustainability of present mobility trends. In particular the increasing evidence of the environment and health effects of transport places the need to address effectively transport-related issues at the top of the international political agenda.

Due to the insufficiency of the existing international response so far in addressing these issues the Transport Health and Environment Pan European Programme (THE PEP) was set up to address the key challenges to achieve more sustainable transport patterns and a closer integration of environmental and health concerns into transport policies.

Three priority areas and related actions were selected to constitute the policy framework for THE PEP:

  • integration of environmental and health aspects into transport policy in particular in relation to decision making processes, monitoring and impact assessment;
  • urban transport, involving measures in land-use planning, and for promoting high quality and integrated public transport and improving safe conditions of alternative modes of transport;
  • demand side management and modal shift and special attention is paid to the needs of the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and of South-Eastern Europe, as well as issues related to ecologically particularly sensitive areas.

Activities in these key areas are coordinated and implemented by THE PEP Steering Committee, composed of UNECE and WHO/Europe Member State representatives from the transport, environment and health sectors, in close cooperation with relevant international and non-governmental organizations. Partnerships between Governments, local authorities, business community, NGOs and other interested stakeholders are encouraged for the implementation of these activities.