Ecosystem services for human health in Oceania

Rosemary McFarlane, Pierre Horwitz, Kerry Arabena, Anthony Capon, Aaron P. Jenkins, Stacy Jupiter, Joel Negin, Margot Parkes, Salanietas Saketa

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The state of ecosystems and the health and well-being of people that depend on them are fundamentally linked. However, these links are often obscured – geographically, as globalised trade separates production of goods and ecosystem services from consumers; across time, as physical and mental impacts accumulate across lifespans; and through the complexity of competing socio-economic and cultural influences. Pervasive societal dualisms like nature-culture, and even social-ecological, fragment thinking and decision-making. Definitions differ across sectors. Health encapsulates well-being in the World Health Organization’s holistic, landmark 1948 definition of health. A broader, health-inclusive well-being is articulated as the output of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA), and its ecosystem service framework (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, 2005).
Original languageEnglish
Article number100976
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalEcosystem Services
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


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