Environment and Health Under the Microscope: Ecosystem Services and Health
All living things depend on their environment for energy and for the basic requirements that sustain life - air, water, food and habitat. This simple dynamic is not in dispute. However there is a growing body of evidence that suggests the relationship between environment and human health is in fact a reciprocal one, each having complex effects on the other.
Public talk with Dr Janet Fisher & Dr Sharron Ogle
Great event, liked the links drawn and the chance to speak with presenters
Recently, a socio-economic approach to evaluating the benefits and services provided by ecosystems has provided insight into the threats and challenges that may lie ahead. Our health ultimately depends upon ecosystem products and services - namely the processes by which the environment produces resources utlilised by humans.
The ecosystems services approach provides a framework for decision making, and for valuing the ‘products, functions and services’ ecosystems provide, to ensure that society can maintain a healthy and resilient natural environment, now, and for future generations.
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment indicates that the United Kingdom relies on it’s ecosystems for a range of services that include climate regulation, waste removal, pest control, flood protection, food supply, potable water, natural medicine, aesthetics, recreation and tourism, among many others.
Therefore, the degradation of our environment, ecosystems it supports and therefore the “products and services” it provides, can have seriously harmful and far-reaching impacts on society, its governance and the economy.