Archive for: Environment


History of Population, Health, and Environment Approaches in the Philippines

This booklet summarizes the journey of Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) in the Philippines. Synthesizing decades of leadership and learnings from PHE programs led by local and regional experts, it highlights key projects and milestones and summarizes lessons learned and key themes that have emerged during the last two decades. This resource is intended to serve as a practical guide for others interested in PHE implementation, including program managers, technical advisors, or policymakers in the Philippines and around the world.

Year: 2021

Source: Knowledge SUCCESS and PATH Foundation Philippines, Inc.

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Family Planning and the Gendered Impacts of Crises on Women: An Effective Tool Across Sectors to Support Women’s Empowerment and Build Resilience to Shocks

Women are disproportionately affected by the combined impacts of crises such as COVID-19 and climate change, from spikes in gender-based violence to setbacks in the global workforce and diminished access to basic resources like clean water and firewood. It’s time to prioritize high-impact and multisectoral approaches that can aid in reducing these gendered challenges, such as assuring access to voluntary family planning care as a part of holistic, sustainable development approaches.

Year: 2021

Source: PACE

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The Promise of Planetary Health

This video, presented by the Planetary Health Alliance in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and the Harvard University Center for the Environment, highlights how the disruption of nature is threatening planetary health and wellbeing, while underlining the need for solutions such as increased access to education, women’s empowerment, and reproductive health care for a sustainable future.

Year: 2021

Source: Planetary Health Alliance

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Women as Environmental Stewards: The Experience of the Small Grants Programme

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is one of the major international climate funds, they’ve increasingly been incorporating a stronger gender perspective (to be more “gender responsive”) in their work. Their Small Grants Programme (SGP) launched this paper at the GEF Dialogue with Civil Society meeting . The paper attempts to “document good practices featuring women as environmental stewards and focuses exclusively on projects led and implemented by women.”

Year: 2018

Source: Global Environment Facility Partners

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    Tuungane Project Baseline Ecological Study: An Assessment of the Near-shore Biodiversity of Lake Tanganyika in Mahale Mountains National Park and Surrounding Villages

    The Tuungane Project is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy, Frankfurt Zoological Society, and Pathfinder International that seeks to address the most significant health and environmental issues within the Greater Mahale Ecosystem in Western Tanzania. The Tuungane Project’s current and planned freshwater resource conservation interventions include, but are not limited to, support for development of fisheries co-management institutions (Beach Management Units, or BMUs), protection of fish breeding sites and the existing Mahale freshwater protected area, micro-credit loans to BMU members, reduction of sedimentation through agricultural land use management interventions, education, and capacity-building. This ecological survey focused on the freshwater component of the Lake Tanganyika Ecosystem. The diverse and fascinating animal life of Lake Tanganyika is a rich biological treasure of global significance.

    Year: 2013

    Source: Tuungane Project

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      Tunza Jamii Yako, Tunza Mazingira Yako kwa Maisha Bora

      This training guide was produced in Swahili by the Green Belt Movement and FHI360 as part of the Program on Research for Strengthening Services (PROGRESS) in Kenya. The aim of the flipbook resource is to protect the environment and promote good governance, and covers topics including: family planning, healthy ecosystems, livelihood security, and healthy households.

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      Source: The Green Belt Movement | FHI 360

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        The Impact of Population, Health and Environment Projects: A Synthesis of the Evidence

        The evidence of impact of integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) projects is often isolated in project reports and not disseminated widely. To respond to that need, this report pulls together project findings across many integrated projects to assess and better document what is known about the results and benefits of integrated projects and where gaps in the evidence base still exist. This synthesis report examines and summarizes recent available evidence from integrated PHE projects to document what they are measuring and/or not measuring, assess the current state of PHE project monitoring and evaluation, and identify gaps in evaluation and research for current and future PHE projects to improve upon. Forty-three documents from 35 projects were reviewed in conducting this synthesis. Findings suggest that projects report data and impact in some areas, particularly family planning, consistently. The findings also note that many PHE projects have found it challenging to collect data and thus document their impact in other sectors, particularly related to their environmental and livelihood programming.

        Year: 2015

        Source: The Evidence Project

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          The Environment as a Strategic Healthcare Partner

          The purpose of this review is to describe the growing consensus regarding the contribution of natural processes – ‘nature’ – to human health. Globally, natural environments are becoming smaller and critically degraded because of various human-related factors. Consequently, some of the ‘free’ health benefits nature confers are being lost. This is especially problematic for people in rural areas with limited access to clinical services whose lives depend closely upon nature. The “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment” explored ecosystem changes and their subsequent effects on human well-being, including health. Global Burden of Disease studies have also revealed the importance of environmental factors to health. Not coincidentally, geographic areas in the two research efforts overlap, but convincing research describing how conserving healthy environments may positively affect human health remains lacking. Establishing ecosystem-human health causal linkages via traditional epidemiological approaches is challenging. Innovative research initiatives are increasing our understanding and appreciation of nature’s role as a provider of health, rendering conservation potentially a healthcare strategy. Transdisciplinary university teaching is also playing a role in broadening the awareness of these important linkages and developing research skills to meet the challenge.

          Year: 2013

          Source: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology

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            The 3rd National Conference on Population, Health, and Environment (PHE)

            The third National Conference on Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) was held in March 2008 Tagatay City, Philippines. The 350 delegates focused on the expansion, strengthening, and advancement of integrated Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) approaches. International partners from a myriad of countries shared PHE methods, models, and networks. Skill building sessions, presentations, demonstrations, and discussions were held to expand PHE knowledge and strengthen partnerships.

            Year: 2008

            Source: Conservation International

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              Sustainable Development in East Africa: Lessons From Four Population, Health, and Environment Projects

              The aim of PHE projects is to improve access to reproductive and other health services for vulnerable populations in rural and ecologically threatened areas, while at the same time empowering these communities to manage their natural resources in ways that benefit their livelihoods. By linking these issues, people are increasingly motivated to change behaviors that threaten their health and environment. The PHE approach proposes that close collaboration and coordination across multiple sectors contributes to holistic results—people with improved health outcomes, diversified livelihoods, and stronger, more sustainable ecosystems. This publication features insights from four ongoing PHE projects in East Africa—two led by Pathfinder International and two by Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW)—and provides recommendations for those seeking to refine the PHE development framework. The projects described are located in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

              Year: 2013

              Source: Pathfinder International | DSW

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