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News article26 September 2023European Health and Digital Executive Agency

World Environmental Health Day: a closer look at HaDEA-managed projects exploring the links between the environment and our health

World Environmental Health Day

Environmental factors such as air, soil and water quality, climate change and exposure to chemicals, nanomaterials, noise and radiation have a significant impact on human health and can affect the incidence of disease.

In Europe, increasing environmental degradation is responsible for almost 20% of deaths per year.

The “One Health" approach* recognises that a healthy environment is essential to human health and thus it is critical to address the impacts of environmental factors on health.   

To tackle emerging environmental challenges, the EU has stepped in by supporting and financing environment and health research. Several clusters of projects have been formed, increasing synergies and driving scientific innovation.

HaDEA is managing two clusters of projects on environmental health under Horizon Europe programme Cluster 1 ‘Health’:

* The 'One Health' approach is a multi-level, multi-sectoral and transdisciplinary approach to health which recognises the interconnection between people, animals, plants and the environment.


Horizon Europe is the research and innovation programme of the EU for the period 2021-2027. The aims of Cluster 1 ‘Health’  include improving and protecting the health and well-being of citizens of all ages by generating new knowledge, developing innovative solutions and integrating where relevant a gender perspective to prevent, diagnose, monitor, treat and cure diseases. Horizon 2020 (H2020) was the EU’s multiannual funding programme between 2014 and 2020.

EU Environment and Health research

Research and innovation to address the impact of environmental factors on health


Publication date
26 September 2023
European Health and Digital Executive Agency
Programme Sector
Horizon Europe Cluster 1: Health
EUFundedHealth dataHealthUnionInnovationMedical researchPublic healthScientific research