COHEIRS Civic Observers for Health and Environment: Initiative for Responsibility and Sustainability

Project Info

Timespan: May 2013 April 2014
Origin of founding: EU funds Europe for Citizens Program
Partners:  ALDA and other 17 partners

Short Description:
The aim of COHEIRS is to support active participation of citizens in the EU democratic life and more specifically in the implementation of the precautionary principles, as detailed in Article 191 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (EU), through the establishment of citizens panels focused on health and environment.


  • Empowering citizens to play a full part in their communities’ life;
  • Fostering citizens’ participation through volunteering;
  • Fostering citizens’ sense of ownership of the EU;
  • Tackling environmental and health related issues both at local and European level;
  • Encouraging environment friendly policies;
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue;
  • Contributing to an inclusive society

Provided services

  • Thematic workshops with civic participation
  • Establishment of Coordination and Information Unit
  • Trainers’ training in Brussels
  • Conference in Italy with environment and public health thematic
  • Drafting of recommendation to address environmental and health issues in national and international level