Ecohealth: a “new” approach to health?

Ecohealth recognizes that ecosystems and the sustainability, resilience and health of all species as inter-related.  Ecohealth sees all species as being connected, that is the health of one species relies on the health of another. Consequently, Ecohealth integrates ecological, health, social and traditional knowledge, using a transdisciplinary approach to bring together different disciplines that include both academic and non-academic sources.  With a goal of bringing knowledge-to-action and involving communities in the research process, Ecohealth deserves attention for tackling increasingly complex global problems that impact human and ecosystem health.

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has done great work in the field of Ecohealth. It is an excellent resource for those interested in learning more about the field. (http://www.idrc.ca/EN/Programs/Agriculture_and_the_Environment/Ecosystem_Approaches_to_Human_Health/Pages/default.aspx)

The International Association for Ecology and Health has published the Ecohealth journal since 2004. In Canada, the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem approaches to Health has been active since 2008.  Please see this Ecohealth Presentation for further information and resources!

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