Developing priority research questions about ecosystem services and health

Our colleague at ECEHH Dr Ruth Garside has organised a workshop at the 2014 Ecohealth conference in Montreal, Quebec 


Ecohealth Workshop. Montreal. 11 August 2014 1pm-4:30pm

Get involved! We need your expertise! To sign up or if you have any queries contact Ruth Garside

There is increasing interest in improving the evidence about linkages between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. But how do we ensure that the most important questions are addressed by high quality research? What do YOU think are the most important areas of research?

The key aim of this workshop at the Ecohealth conference is to build a credible list of prioritised research questions through stakeholder participation. We will also seek to identify a collaborative network of people interested in evidence syntheses relevant to the interconnections between ecosystem services and human health.

We aim to subsequently use the prioritised set of questions to systematically map current evidence, producing an open-access database of quality assessed evidence sources to illustrate, for example, the nature of research undertaken, ecosystems and populations studied, methods, outcomes, findings. This mapping review will identify un-researched areas and those where sufficient evidence exists for systematic review.

KEY QUESTIONS:

What is the current state of knowledge?

How do we ensure that the most important questions are addressed by high quality research?

What do YOU think are the most important issues?

Key presenters and moderators are members of The Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) and Health and Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL):

Ruth Garside, lead for Ecosystem Services, Health and Wellbeing group at CEE, Senior Lecturer in Evidence Synthesis, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, UK

Chris Golden, WCS HEAL Program Director, and Research Associate, Harvard University Center for the Environment & Harvard School of Public Health, USA

Aaron Jenkins, Fiji Centre for Communicable Disease Control and the Wildlife Conservation Society, & Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

Lynne Gaffikin, HEAL Health Metrics Advisor. President, Evaluation and Research Technologies for Health (EARTH) Inc and Consulting Associate Professor, Stanford University, USA

Taylor Ricketts, Director, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, Canada

Alicia Ellis, Associate, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont , Canada

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