Ecosystem Services, Climate & Health

The Ecosystem Services, Climate & Health group investigates the importance of ecosystem services for human health and wellbeing, with particular attention to water and sanitation for poor populations in the developing world. Our working hypothesis is that appropriate ways to manage rapid demographic and ecological transformations (e.g. urbanization and climate change) must be found in order to maintain valuable ecosystem services, particularly in urban contexts, which in turn will protect and promote the health of human populations and alleviate poverty. Ongoing studies in West Africa pursue a broadly applicable ecosystem health approach, and include various stakeholders and local communities to find setting-specific solutions for resource recovery and reuse, mitigation and adaptation.