In some of the most remote pockets of biological diversity around the world, CI has worked hand-in-hand with local partners and communities to improve human health and foster biodiversity conservation. CI joined forces with local stakeholders – community members, local authorities, health and development organizations – in critical watersheds and forest corridors in Cambodia, Madagascar and the Philippines to bring valuable and much-needed health services to people in these remote areas. At the same time, we helped to empower community members to practice sustainable natural resource management and conserve their surroundings.
We worked with partners to improve health, increase access to education, and broaden environmental understanding. These efforts, supported in large part by USAID, linked improved human health with improved ecosystem health. They represented CI’s commitment to improving the wellbeing of the world’s stewards of biodiversity, those individuals on the frontlines of conservation.
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The goal of this document is to review the impacts of CI’s Population, Health and Environment projects, in terms of the improved health of remote, poor communities, and the conservation of some of the world’s most biodiversity-rich environments on the planet. We have increased human wellbeing, while at the same time conserving vital biodiversity. We have attempted to bridge the gaps that continue to separate the fields of conservation, health, population, and development by promoting integrated approaches that recognize conservation as a social issue.
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