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Ecohealth. 2015 Dec;12(4):660-71. doi: 10.1007/s10393-015-1041-4. Epub 2015 Sep 24.

Integrating Human and Ecosystem Health Through Ecosystem Services Frameworks.

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1
Environment Department, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK. adriana@cantab.net.
2
Department of Health Sciences, Seebohm Rowntree Building, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK.
3
Environment Department, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK.

Abstract

The pace and scale of environmental change is undermining the conditions for human health. Yet the environment and human health remain poorly integrated within research, policy and practice. The ecosystem services (ES) approach provides a way of promoting integration via the frameworks used to represent relationships between environment and society in simple visual forms. To assess this potential, we undertook a scoping review of ES frameworks and assessed how each represented seven key dimensions, including ecosystem and human health. Of the 84 ES frameworks identified, the majority did not include human health (62%) or include feedback mechanisms between ecosystems and human health (75%). While ecosystem drivers of human health are included in some ES frameworks, more comprehensive frameworks are required to drive forward research and policy on environmental change and human health.

KEYWORDS:

conceptual framework; determinants of health; environmental drivers; public health; socio-ecological systems

PMID:
26403794
PMCID:
PMC4700085
DOI:
10.1007/s10393-015-1041-4
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