EcoHealth 2012: Sustaining Ecosystems, Supporting Health

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

To view the EcoHealth2012 Conference Program click here.

To view the EcoHealth2012 Abstract book click here.

Read the Kunming Conference statement, “Ecohealth contributions to the Millenium Development Goals”, here.

Developing the Kunming Position Statement – Ecohealth Contributions to MDGs and SDGs

Following the recent reviews of the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), some apparent limitations associated with the Rio+20 outcomes, as well as the call for sustainable development goals beyond 2015, a unique window of opportunity existed for the IAEH.

This statement provided a mechanism for ecohealth researchers and practitioners, who have been captivated by the debates surrounding these issues and believe they have something to contribute to their resolution, to clearly communicate their ideas.

It was first and foremost a rallying point for ecohealth researchers and practitioners as a way of providing a basis for their individual and collective contributions.


Global Processes linking Ecology & Health – What role for EcoHealth?

This EcoHealth2012 Marquis event feed into the development of an IAEH Kunming Statement. As with the formation of the EcoHealth statement, the themes guiding this evening’s discussion were informed by the following view:

Global attempts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their targets are increasing. This intensive effort has come at a time when it is becoming ever more likely that some, or even many of the goals and targets, will not be met by 2015. A reasonable case can be made to demonstrate that the unmet goals and targets can be explained with reference to EcoHealth principles, and that significant advances can also be made according to these principles. What contributions could we make now to improve outcomes by 2015, and/or what would need to happen after 2015? And what kind of collaborative initiatives should we embark upon with other organisations to achieve them?

Moderator: Margot Parkes (IAEH President)

Pierre Horwitz (Edith Cowan University, Australia)
Jonathan Patz (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
Carlos Corvalan (Pan American Health Organization, live from Brazil)
Contribution from Convention on Biological Diversity 11th Conference of Parties (Live from COP meeting in Hyderabad, India)