Women in Nepal used to walk to the forest to collect loads of heavy firewood for cooking. The task itself was burdensome, and the resulting smoke from the fires they built at home often caused respiratory problems. But forests, too, felt the impact: firewood collection is one of the main causes of forest degradation in the country, affecting biodiversity and reducing the ability of forests to protect people from landslides and floods.
The 2015 Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health final report, “Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch,” begins: “Far-reaching changes to the structure and function of the Earth’s natural systems represent a growing threat to human health.” Although published four years ago, those words still hold true.
Learning opportunities that support practitioners through formal courses, online resources and other knowledge-sharing events.
Tools & Support
Data and decision-support systems that foster standardized approaches and comparability across projects, countries, and sectors.
Monitor & Report
Resources to assist with tracking progress and results, as well as understanding impact.