Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences

RAS ID

12648

Comments

This article was originally published as: Horwitz, P. , Spini, L., Campbell, K., Thomas, R., & Mulongoy, J. (2011). The relationship between water, health and global environmental change, as interpreted through five key Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 3(6), 520-526. Original article available here

Abstract

For five Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), we have examined the way the relationship between water, health and global environmental change is expressed and how it has evolved recently. We recognize a distinction between an emphasis on water and reservoirs of water for health (for drinking water supplies, sanitation and hygiene), and a focus on places of water, where wetland ecosystems provide a service for human well-being which encompasses health. We also recognize a trend over time for the MEAs to increasingly address water, health and global change issues as a reaction to emerging infectious diseases and global pandemics. For both observations we note an increasing reliance on collaborative efforts across the MEAs, and beyond to involve international food, agriculture, trade and health sectors, and the emergent theme on ecosystem approaches to human health.

DOI

10.1016/j.cosust.2011.10.001

 
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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1016/j.cosust.2011.10.001