Title

Water and Health: on the notion of a healthy wetland

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Natural Sciences / Centre for Ecosystem Management

RAS ID

14541

Comments

This article was originally published as: Horwitz, P. , & Finlayson, C. (2012). Water and Health: on the notion of a healthy wetland. Human Evolution, 27(1-3), 65-69.

Abstract

A claim to "healthy ecosystems" comes from the inclusion of the systems thinking required to make judgments on the desirability of an ecological character. It is also explicit about the health of components of the ecosystem (including humans), and whether organizations are adaptive and responsive to ecosystem changes. In short, an ecosystem can be "unhealthy"; health is a powerful metaphor for the condition of an ecosystem, and ecosystem approaches to human health make critical contributions to public health.

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