EcoHealth 2014 Conference Statement
The EcoHealth 2014 Call to Action on Climate Change
was recently published in the International Assoication for Ecology and Health journal EcoHealth
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Download the EcoHealth 2014 Call to Action on Climate Change (Eng) here.
Download the EcoHealth 2014 Call to Action on Climate Change (Fr) here.
Download the News Release (Eng) here.
Download the News Release (Fr) here.
The EcoHealth 2014 Call to Action on Climate Change was endorsed by over 500 delegates from 65 countries on August 14th at the Biennial General Meeting of the International Association for Ecology & Health. This is the first time the International Association for Ecology and Health has made a coordinated and widespread call to all members of the association, their partners and collaborators to share how their work explicitly addresses issues of climate change or health or offers frameworks, data and capacity to strengthen current or future responses to climate change. The particular strength of an ecohealth response is that it links social, ecosystem and health issues, especially as they intersect at the interface between human, animal and ecological health.
At the conference titled ‘Connections for Health, Ecosystems and Society’, The message from the delegation was clear: what is most urgently needed is greater collaboration between health professionals, scientists, governance bodies, and community stakeholders. The data already robustly shows that climate change is a real and present threat to health and well being across the planet. The global arena is already alight with individual through to international actions on climate change and health. What is needed is a linking up of these efforts and the knowledge, experience and critical capacity they embody to ensure that tangible, hopeful, sustained and effective actions occur.
We invite all people working on climate change at the nexus of social justice, ecological resilience and health to profile their work through a short form which will enable you to exhibit your work in a Gallery of Action on Climate Change. This gallery is one step towards identifying the rich diversity of initiatives already underway and profiling the range of expertise that already exists within ecohealth approaches to climate change. Visit the Gallery of Action on Climate Change here.
Global climate change has far-reaching implications for ecohealth research, education and practice, and was identified as a timely focus for a statement emerging from the EcoHealth 2014 conference. The three co-convenors of EcoHealth 2014 (IEAH, CoPEH-Canada, and Cinbiose, UQAM) committed to a process to produce an EcoHealth 2014 Conference Statement focused on “Ecohealth and Climate Change: Connections for Health, Ecosystems and Society”. Previous EcoHealth conference statements have been developed in 2012 at the 4th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology & Health and in 2013 at the African Regional Conference of the International Association on Ecology and Health.
An international Working Group and Reference Group were convened to develop the conference statement. The Terms of Reference for these groups can be found here and lays the foundation for the Conference Statement to progress in three phases:
- Phase I: Before the conference (development). The Working Group and Reference Group contributed to several cycles of development and feedback to produce a DRAFT conference statement for release to the Conference Delegates, IAEH members and related networks on August 6th, 2014.
- Phase II: During the Conference (a stepping-stone to diverse actions): A series of activities and interactions will take place during the conference to contextualize and refine the Conference Statement, with a focus on actions, activities and initiatives that will carry the statement forward. Examples of in-conference activities include
- Phase III: After the Conference (next steps and diverse actions): The action-orientation of the conference statement will continue through a range of actions, activities and initiatives identified during the conference. This ecohealth-live site will continue to profile these updates on a regular basis.
- Download the EcoHealth 2014 Call to Action here. This statement was endorsed at the IAEH BGM on August 14, 2014.
- Download the draft Conference Statement appendices here.
- Visit the Ecohealth Action on Climate Change page for to view resources and the Gallery of Action
EcoHealth 2012: Sustaining Ecosystems, Supporting Health Conference Statement
The 4th Biennial Conference of the International Association for Ecology & Health.
Kunming, P.R. China, October 15-18, 2012
Co-organised by Kunming Institute of Botany, World Agroforestry Centre and Kunming Medical University
African Regional Conference of the International Association on Ecology and HealthPopulations adaptations to global changes: The place of new approaches to behavioural change
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
October 1-5, 2013