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Ecohealth Works — Case studies

October 29, 2010

These four publications show how IDRC-supported research is helping develop sustainable responses to environmental and health problems around the globe

Ecohealth Works: Agricultural Transformations 2008-11-01
Irrigation, chemicals, and crop technology are transforming agriculture around the world. Farmers from developing countries are challenged by these changes, affecting livelihoods, food security, environment, and health. Using ecohealth approaches, researchers can better understand the complex dynamics affecting health in agro-ecosystems and design more equitable and sustainable solutions.

Ecohealth Works: Environmental Pollution 2008-11-01
Environmental pollutants from many different sources contaminate water, air, and land, putting humans and ecosystems at risk, and often pitting people against industry. By viewing competing interests and their implications within a broad ecosystem analysis, ecohealth approaches strive to protect health while balancing the needs of various stakeholders and contributing to safeguarding the ecosystem.

Ecohealth Works: Infectious Diseases 2008-11-01
Through ecohealth approaches, researchers, communities, and policymakers are able to better understand and intervene in the web of environmental, socio-economic, and political factors behind the spread of infectious diseases.

Ecohealth Works: Health in Urban Environments 2008-11-01
Cities attract millions of people seeking a better life and greater opportunities. But cities can also be home to poverty, inequality, and environmental hazards. By looking at urban environments as ecosystems, researchers tease apart tensions between ecology, social inequities, and health to help government and the private sector make decisions for healthier, more sustainable ecosystems.​