IDRC

An increase in human populations in and around Africa’s wildlife conservation areas is leading to increased land degradation, biodiversity loss and related health risks. Very few scientific studies have been carried out to validate and/or quantify the extent of the problems faced by pastoralist, agriculturalist and fishing communities in and around Queen Elizabeth National Park. This project aims to foster the building of a body of evidence and knowledge, research capacity and collaboration needed to tackle health and environmental sustainability problems at the interface of wildlife and livelihoods of vulnerable communities in the region. A key objective is to use the Queen Elizabeth National Park area as a long-term demonstration site for implementing applied Eco health research studies that benefit local communities and the Park ecosystem, helping to develop the field of Eco health in East and Central Africa. The Eco health Chair will also expand the purview of One Health approaches focused on disease control to encompass relevant social, economic and environmental dimensions and needed expertise for guiding more sustainable policies and livelihood practices in and around conservation areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. It will also aim to scale up this type of effort throughout the entire OHCEA network, thus multiplying potential benefits in the 6-member countries, contributing to build African leadership in the emerging field of research on health, environment and society.

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