The information below is archived from the 2015 Symposium

Putting ‘EcoHealth’ Into Practice – Improving Ecosystems for Human Health

Healthy ecosystems are essential for human health and survival. For example, we all depend on clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, healthy food supplies, and green spaces for recreation.

The 2015 Latornell Conservation Symposium and EcoHealth Ontario featured five special sessions exploring human – ecology connections. A webcast of each session was recorded and is available online.

What You Can Watch

November 17, 2015

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Connecting Watershed Ecosystems to Human Health

This session will look at the connections between watershed ecosystems and human health in order to plan and deliver programs that recognize the connection between both. The session will look at flooding from a public health perspective, as well as explore a new tool to use indicators and GIS in order to develop management and restoration strategies that support human health.

 You can watch the T1E webcast here.

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Human Health

This session will look at ways to increase our adaptive capacity to address the impacts of climate change on people. It will look specifically at techniques and tools used by public health units as well as specifically address issues around urban heat islands.

 You can watch the T2E webcast here.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Building Resiliency with Rural Communities to Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change

This session will review new research that explores the relationship between climate change and rural populations as well as review practices and tools that can be used to build greater resiliency in rural communities for the benefit of residents.

 You can watch the T3E webcast here.

November 18, 2015

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

EcoHealth: Understanding ‘Human Ecology’ (Part 1)

Humans are fundamentally dependant on ecosystems for survival, yet our awareness and understanding of this crucial connection is fragmented. Current and future challenges due to the decline of rural and urban ecosystems require proactive leadership and engagement from across the spectrum including public health, planning, environmental and urban design professionals. This first session looks at new research that clearly demonstrates the connections between green space and human health and the basis for positive change.

 You can watch the W1E webcast here.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

EcoHealth: Understanding ‘Human Ecology’ Panel Discussion (Part 2)

Building on the growing research linking our health and wellbeing to the natural environment (as demonstrated in Part 1), this session explores the practice of ecohealth. The panel will provide a wide range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities that agencies face in putting the science into practice and what new initiatives are being developed.

 You can watch the W2E webcast here.

Speaker information is available in the 2015 Latornell Conservation Symposium Program.

Online streaming of these sessions is provided for by EcoHealth Ontario.

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