Adoption of the Citizens Manifesto for Health and Environment - project COHEIRS
The project COHEIRS - one of the most significant of ALDA in 2013 and 2014 - adopted the Citizens Manifesto for Health and Environment in Rome on the 24th of January 2014, during a national event at the Seat of the European Parliament in Rome.
At the presence of the most important and relevant stakeholders dealing with protection of health in Italy (from the institutions and from the civil society groups), the partners of the projects presented their recent studies dealing mostly with the diffusion of cancer and the extremely high levels seen in some areas of the country. In particular, the project Coheirs works on the preparation and development of civil environmental observers who can share - in a preventive way - information about possible risks for health for the population. Indeed, they refer to the art 191 of the European Treaty which underlines this Prevention Principle, which should alert and bring the institution to react in case of "expected" risks even if - not yet- fully supported by scientific data. The principle of prevention and the possibility for citizens to be active at the early stage of the environmental risks is a fundamental element that needs to be recognised for decreasing the causes of cancer - widespreading all over Europe and in particular in Italy.
"The cooperation with ALDA has been a fantastic instrument to give practical tools and means to our ideas and needs", said the prof. Alessandro Distante, Chairman of ISBEM, the main partner and scientific support of the programme Coheirs. The link between active citizenship, protection of health and identification of possible environmental risks are particularly evident is some areas critical in Europe like in the area around Naples, where - for non regulated toxic waste - the population is highly at risk. Many associations of citizens coming from Campania (the region where Naples is the capital), where present at the Conference and brought a great contribution. ALDA team was represented by the Director, Antonella Valmorbida, who confirmed her full support - and the one coming from all ALDA - to this important project and for its future steps.