Human health and forests: a global overview of issues, practice, and policy

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Hundreds of millions of people live and work in forests across the world. One vital aspect of their lives, yet largely unexamined, is the challenge of protecting and enhancing the unique relationship between the health of forests and the health of people. This book, written for a broad audience, is the first comprehensive introduction to the issues surrounding the health of people living in and around forests, particularly in Asia, South America and Africa.

Part one is a set of synthesis chapters, addressing policy, public health, environmental conservation and ecological perspectives on health and forests (including women and child health, medicinal plants and viral diseases such as Ebola, SARS and Nipah Encephalitis). Part two takes a multi-lens approach to lead the reader to a more concrete and holistic understanding. It features case studies from around the world that cover important issues such as the links between HIV/AIDS and the forest sector, and between diet and health. Part three looks at the specific challenges to health care delivery in forested areas, including remoteness and the integration of traditional medicine with modern health care. The generous use of boxes with specific examples adds layers of depth to the analyses. The book concludes with a synthesis designed for use by practitioners and policymakers to work with forest dwellers to improve their health and their ecosystems.

This book is a vital addition to the knowledge base of all professionals, academics and students working on forests, natural resources management, health and development worldwide.

Published with CIFOR and People and Plants International

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table_of_contents Introduction / Carol J. Pierce Colfer -- Human health and forests: an overview / Colin Butler -- Health, habitats, and medicinal plant use / Anthony B. Cunningham, Patricia Shanley, and Sarah Laird -- The nutritional role of forest plant foods for rural communities / Barbara Vinceti, Pablo Eyzaguirre, and Tim Johns -- Wood, the fuel that warms you thrice / Kirk Smith -- Forest women, health, and childbearing / Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Richard G. Dudley, and Robert Gardner -- The gender agenda and tropical forest diseases / Pascale Allotey, Margaret Gyapong, and Carol J. Pierce Colfer -- Bat-borne viral diseases / Jean Paul Gonzalez ... [et al.] -- Deforestation and malaria: revisiting the human ecology perspective / Subhrendu K. Pattanayak and Junko Yasuoka -- The subversive links between HIV/AIDS and the forest sector / Pascal Lopez -- Forest disturbance and health risks to the Yanomami / Gale Goodwin Gómez -- Biodiversity, environment, and health among rainforest dwellers: an evolutionary perspective / Alain Froment -- Sociocultural dimensions of diet and health in forest dwellers' systems / Edmond Dounias, with Carol J. Pierce Colfer -- National public health initiatives that integrate traditional medicine / Cynthia Fowler -- Approaching conservation through health / Robbie Ali -- Hidden suffering on the island of Siberut, West Sumatra / Gerard A. Persoon -- Conclusions and ways forward / Carol J. Pierce Colfer.
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