The Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes finally entered into force. On 4th August 2005 it became legally binding for the 16 ratifying countries. It is the first major international legal approach for prevention, control and reduction of water-related diseases in Europe. Please read more about it in our first contribution of the WaMRi-Newsletter. This issue also deals with the project Swist III, focussed on River Swist in North Rhine-Westphalia as an example for microbial load of watercourses due to diffuse polluters. The report from the Aral Sea Basin Water and Food Conference summarizes its main findings entitled as “Managing Water and Food Quality in Central Asia” which took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 1-2 September 2005.
WHO CC Newsletter No. 9: high (pdf, 2 MB)