Selection criteria, copyright and disclaimer

Selection criteria for links and references

Every effort has been made to present a summary of the most policy-relevant links and references that are suitable to generalists. All links and references have been peer reviewed by experts in the field, with reference to the following selection criteria:

  • references/links that relate directly to, or have specific relevance to the linkage between health and environment, particularly with regards to developing countries;
  • references/links to topics/issues with specific relevance to policymakers or policy questions;
  • references/links that represent particular aspects of innovation in addressing the problem, i.e. participatory strategies, intersectoral cooperation, use of economic valuation methodologies, etc.;
  • references that are web-accessible.

References/links are to peer-reviewed academic/scientific journals; UN and government agency sites or affiliates, national government sites; and civil society/NGO sites that have carried out substantive work on the issue, and have no direct commercial/financial interest in the topic under review.


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Web links

Web-accessible links, including links to not-for-profit, information websites, are provided as a resource to those interested. No endorsement is implied, nor is WHO/UNEP or HELI responsible for the accuracy of information provided by external sites. In addition, some links may change over time. While the HELI initiative will regularly review and update links for their current status and accessibility, the initiative cannot be responsible for a non-working hyperlink. To provide feedback on a non-working hyperlink, please contact the HELI initiative, at: