Improving Health and Well-Being

Protected areas can conserve healthy ecosystems and improve the health and well-being of all societies. Participants from WCS will explore the diverse health benefits provided by protected areas, including medicines, disease regulation, livelihood support, mental and spiritual well-being, and settings for physical activity.

WCS in Action

The following sessions have been completed.

Friday - November 14, 2014

Valuing diverse knowledge paradigms – science, traditional knowledge and people – parks connections13:30 - 15:00Chris GoldenCharley Room
Contribution of protected areas to the achievement of health related Sustainable development goals13:30 - 15:00Chris Golden (Co-sponsor, cannot attend this presentation as he is presenting in another session at the same time)Hordern Room
Global launch of new flagship publications - our state of knowledge on the links between biodiversity and human health18:00 - 20:00Chris Golden and CBD/WHO joint task forceHall 3B1

Monday - November 17, 2014

One Health: Linking human, animal and ecosystem health (Part 2)10:30 - 12:00Chris Golden (Chair), Shirley Atkinson, Stacy JupiterCharley Room

Select Publications

A Manual for Human-Elephant Conflict Monitoring
Adaptive Comanagement of a Marine Protected Area Network in Fiji
Applying Domestic Animal Health and Husbandry for Conservation Purposes
Are Central Africa's Protected Areas Displacing Hundreds of Thousands of Rural Poor?
Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas
Benefits of wildlife consumption to child nutrition in a biodiversity hotspot
Changes in a coral reef fishery along a gradient of fishing pressure in an Indonesian marine protected area
Community-managed forests and wildlife-friendly agriculture play a subsidiary but not substitutive role to protected areas for the endangered Asian elephant
Conserving large populations of lions – the argument for fences has hole
Critical thresholds and tangible targets for ecosystem-based management of coral reef fisheries.
Efficiently targeting resources to deter illegal activities in protected areas
Forest resources use, attitude, and perception of local residents towards community based forest management: Case of the Makira Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Project, Madagascar
Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features
Having your wildlife and eating it too: an analysis of hunting sustainability across tropical ecosystems
Human Health as a Judicious Conservation Opportunity
Human Responses to Climate Change will Seriously Impact Biodiversity Conservation: It's Time We Start Planning for Them
Human-carnivore conflict in China: a review of current approaches with recommendations for improved management
Hunting for a living: Wildlife trade, rural livelihoods and declining wildlife in the Hkakaborazi National Park, north Myanmar
Hunting patterns in tropical forests adjoining the Hkakaborazi National Park, north Myanmar
Improving poverty reduction and conservation outcomes in the grassland ecosystem of Mongolia
Improving social acceptability of marine protected area networks: A method for estimating opportunity costs to multiple gear types in both fished and currently unfished areas
In defense of fences - Response
Incorporating effectiveness of community-based management in a national marine gap analysis for Fiji
Lack of conservation effort rapidly increases African great ape extinction risk
Local people value environmental services provided by forested parks
Mapping recent deforestation and forest disturbance in northeastern Madagascar.
One Health: Interdependence of People, Other Species, and the Planet. (Book Chapter)
Parks, people, and pipelines
Priority Forests for Conservation in Fiji: landscapes, hotspots and ecological processes
Public-private partnerships as a management option for protected areas
Recovery trajectories of coral reef fish assemblages within Kenyan marine protected areas
Reducing human-elephant conflict - do chillies help deter elephants from entering crop fields
Response to 'Is the Displacement of People from Parks only 'Purported' or is it Real?' (Schmidt-Soltau 2009)
Roadless Wilderness Area Determines Forest Elephant Movements in the Congo Basin
The importance of conflict-induced mortality for conservation planning in areas of human–elephant co-occurrence
The Perceived Impact of Customary Marine Resource Management on Household and Community Welfare in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
To Fence or Not to Fence
What Does It Mean to Successfully Conserve a (Vertebrate) Species?
Wildlife decline and social conflict
Wildlife Health in Africa: Implications for Conservation in the Decades Ahead (Book Chapter)

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Key Staff

Saw Htun
Country Program Director
Madhu Rao
Senior Advisor and Representative of WCS in Singapore
Deo Kujirakwinja
Director Eastern DRC Projects, DR Congo
Stacy Jupiter
Director Melanesia Program
Elizabeth Bennett
Vice President, Species Conservation, Species
James Watson
Director, Science and Research Initiative
Simon Hedges
Asian Elephant Coordinator & Ivory Trade Policy Analyst
Susan Lieberman
Vice-President, International Policy