Water Safety Plans in eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia. Summary of a workshop on building capacities for the development of water safety plans. The WHO Regional Office for Europe held a workshop entitled “Building capacities for the development of water safety plans” on 24–25 June 2014 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. This was intended to support implementation of the 2014–2016 programme of work of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and WHO Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. The primary purpose of the workshop was to increase understanding of and support for water safety plans (WSPs) by raising awareness among national governments to the WSP approach, its benefits and the lessons learned. It also had a longer-term vision of building the foundations for a sustainable scale-up of WSP implementation in countries of eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia (EECCA). A new WSP field guide in English and Russian was launched at the workshop; this provides hands-on advice for communities and local institutions working on rural water supplies.