Ivonne Ortega Pacheco
, State Governor of Yucatán, officially opened the International EcoHealth
Forum in Merida, in December 2008
. Healthy and resilient ecosystems are the foundations of a society’s strength, she observed, since environmental degradation leads to physical and psychological health problems in populations.
The Vice-President of Corporate Strategy and Regional Management for Canada’s International Development Research Centre, Lauchlan Munro
, said the challenge of climate change can only be addressed using an interdisciplinary approach.
Canada ’s Deputy Ambassador to México, José Herrán Lima
, said Yucatán, where respect for the environment is the foundation of public health improvements, is an example of sustainable development.
The Vice-Minister of Health Prevention and Promotion at Mexico’s Ministry of Health, Mauricio Hernandez Avila
, stressed the urgency of using interdisciplinary measures to avoid further environmental degradation and to improve public health.
The presence of these personalities at the opening ceremony made a local, national, and international impact. The keynote conference
by Dr Carlos Nobre
highlighted the urgent need for action worldwide.