© 2012

Ecohealth Research in Practice

Innovative Applications of an Ecosystem Approach to Health

  • Dominique F. Charron

Part of the Insight and Innovation in International Development book series (IIID, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Dominique F. Charron
    Pages 1-30
  3. Linking Human Health and Well-Being to Changing Rural Agro-Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Lamia El-Fattal, Andrés Sánchez
      Pages 33-35
    3. Rachel Bezner Kerr, Rodgers Msachi, Laifolo Dakishoni, Lizzie Shumba, Zachariah Nkhonya, Peter Berti et al.
      Pages 37-46
    4. Malek Batal, Amin Al-Hakimi, Frédéric Pelat
      Pages 69-80
  4. Natural Resources, Ecosystems, Pollution, and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Ana Boischio, Zsófia Orosz
      Pages 83-85
    3. Horacio Riojas-Rodríguez, Sandra Rodríguez-Dozal
      Pages 87-97
    4. Raghwesh Ranjan, K. Vijaya Lakshmi, Kalpana Balakrishnan
      Pages 99-108
    5. Óscar Betancourt, Ramiro Barriga, Jean Remy Davée Guimarães, Edwin Cueva, Sebastián Betancourt
      Pages 119-130
  5. Poverty, Ecosystems, and Vector-Borne Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Roberto Bazzani, Martin Wiese
      Pages 133-137
    3. Joseph Okello-Onen, Leonard E. G. Mboera, Samuel Mugisha
      Pages 139-151
    4. Carlota Monroy, Xochitl Castro, Dulce Maria Bustamante, Sandy Steffany Pineda, Antonieta Rodas, Barbara Moguel et al.
      Pages 153-162
    5. S. Tana, W. Abeyewickreme, N. Arunachalam, F. Espino, P. Kittayapong, K. T. Wai et al.
      Pages 173-184

About this book


Nearly two decades after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (commonly called the Rio Summit), the world is still facing a profound need for development to alleviate poverty and improve human lives through more equitable access and use of resources and healthier environments. Understanding that human health depends on quality ecosystems, researchers are cutting a new path toward a more sustainable future.  An ecosystem approach to health, integrating research and practice from such fields as environmental management, public health, biodiversity, and economic development, is based on an understanding that people are part of complex socio-ecological systems.


Featuring case studies from around the world, Ecohealth Research in Practice demonstrates innovative practices in agriculture, natural resource management, community building, and disease prevention, reflecting the state of the art in research, application, and policymaking in the field.  The book demonstrates how ecohealth research works and how it has led to lasting changes for the betterment of peoples’ lives and the ecosystems that support them.


Dominique F. Charron leads IDRC’s program in Ecosystems and Human Health (Ecohealth), which examines the links between the environment and human health in the developing world. Dr. Charron holds a PhD in epidemiology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph.


Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other researchers, and communities around the world. The result is innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change to those who need it most.



ISBN: 978-1-4614-0516-0

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Ecohealth Ecosystems Environment Environmental health Global health Health Natural resource management Public health Sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominique F. Charron
    • 1
  1. 1.IDRCOttawaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ecohealth Research in Practice
  • Book Subtitle Innovative Applications of an Ecosystem Approach to Health
  • Editors Dominique F. Charron
  • Series Title Insight and Innovation in International Development
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information International Development Research Centre 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-0516-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-0671-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-0517-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 282
  • Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medicine/Public Health, general
    Environmental Management
    Development Economics
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“This book, besides being informative, is inspirational. The introductory chapters, the description of the research projects, and the closing chapters that analyze the scope and challenges of ecohealth all together present evidence that this is a lively, evolving field with a clear mission, driven by an ever-growing scientific community of practice.”

From the Foreword by Mario-Henry Rodriguez

Director General, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Cuernavaca Morelos, México