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Members in Action: EcoHealth Network

Monday, July 20, 2020  
Posted by: Laura Capponi
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The EcoHealth Network (EHN) is a global action network bringing together ecological restoration sites and organizational hubs to promote direct site-to-site collaboration and expand the effectiveness and extent of restoration efforts worldwide. A key goal of EHN is to link the science and practice of ecological restoration with public health, and provide scientific evidence for this interconnection. In doing so, we can raise awareness about restoration across all sectors of society and contribute to a broad-based shift towards a restorative culture.


The EcoHealth Network connects ecological restoration sites with sites and programs whose activities also come into play on the Restorative Continuum (see Principle 8, SER Standards V.2). This includes, for example, urban green areas and farms using regenerative organic agriculture practices to restore soil health and fertility. We are working to facilitate greater interaction and synergy among sites and partners engaged in allied fields, while supporting the development of practical, traditional, and scientific knowledge about human health and ecological sustainability.


EHN has been a Business Member in SER for two years, during which time we organized a symposium at the Cape Town conference exploring the relationship between restoration and public health. We also convened a workshop in Hobart, Tasmania that led to the establishment of our first regional network in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. We strongly support SER’s work and are happy to say that several EHN collaborators, as well as one of our founders, are long-time SER members. We look forward to engaging with fellow SER members as we advance the objectives and goals of EHN.


For a start-up organization like ours, the most valuable part of belonging to SER is having a platform that helps increase our visibility and connects us with the large community of SER members and their diverse ideas, perspectives, and priorities. We look forward to learning from SER and contributing to the important work that the organization is doing, and to fostering potential new collaborations in the SER community.

 

EcoHealth Network seeks to connect diverse sites from around the world where a variety of restorative activities are underway to improve ecological and human health. The network includes protected areas, farms and ranches, Indigenous lands, urban areas, and ‘natural’ areas, with additional land use types envisioned for future sites.


Pictured above: (top) Nowanup cultural knowledge camp in the Noongar country of Western Australia, part of EHN’s Gondwana Link Hub; (left) Qvidja Farm in southwest Finland, an EHN site using regenerative agriculture to build rich, healthy soils and improve biodiversity; (lower left) Ankafobe Forest reserve in Madagascar, an EHN site that is home to a community-based conservation project and future Ecohealth Village; (lower right) members of the Four Islands EcoHealth Network, a regional cluster of EHN partners and sites from the North and South Islands of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Tasmania, and mainland Australia; (right) demonstration of urban restoration methods in New Plymouth, New Zealand, part of the People, Cities & Nature EHN Hub; and (center) Wolwekraal Nature Reserve in Western Cape, South Africa, an EHN site providing education and expertise on ecological restoration of the Central Karoo.




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