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Sustainability in a changing world: integrating human health and wellbeing, urbanisation, and ecosystem services

Sustainability in a changing world: integrating human health and wellbeing, urbanisation, and ecosystem services
Sustainability in a changing world: integrating human health and wellbeing, urbanisation, and ecosystem services
There is an urgent need to address interlinked sustainability issues in a world challenged by inequality, finite resources and unprecedented changes across Earth’s systems. As Future Earth Fellows, based on our collective expertise in a diverse range of sustainability issues, here we identify a specific need to recognise and respond appropriately to the nexus between human health and wellbeing, urbanisation, and ecosystem services (the ‘WUE nexus’). This nexus is a priority area for research, policy and practice. In particular, it provides a useful pathway to meet the challenges of successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this brief, we present the following policy recommendations:
1. By emphasising urban-rural linkages, foster an integrated approach to ensure food security, food safety, and health promotion;
2. Secure resilient livelihoods for all, in particular for vulnerable groups; and
3. Integrate co-production of knowledge in science for decision-making, including the co-design of implementation frameworks, and the adoption of a nexus approach.
scientific brief, nexus thinking, systems thinking, ecosystem services, wellbeing and human health, urbanisation, urban-rural linkages, sustainable food systems, livelihood resilience, co-production of knowledge
United Nations; Division for Sustainable Development
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Kusch, Sigrid, Fleming, Aysha, Cradock-Henry, Nicholas, Schmitz, Nele, Pereira, Laura, Vogt, Jess, Lim, Michelle, Kharrazi, Ali, Evoh, Chijioke J., Hamel, Perrine, Bollmohr, Silke, Patterson, James, Adler, Carolina, Waterlander, Wilma, Sugiura, Ai, Augustyn, Anna M., Dogra, Atul, Mukherjee, Nibedita, Onzere, Sheila, Mahomoodally, Fawzi, Hughes, Alice C., Bowen, Kathryn, Tironi, Antonio, Smith, Kiah, Hoffenson, Steven and Udenigwe, Chibuike C. (2016) Sustainability in a changing world: integrating human health and wellbeing, urbanisation, and ecosystem services (Brief for GSDR) New York, US. United Nations; Division for Sustainable Development 11pp.

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Abstract

There is an urgent need to address interlinked sustainability issues in a world challenged by inequality, finite resources and unprecedented changes across Earth’s systems. As Future Earth Fellows, based on our collective expertise in a diverse range of sustainability issues, here we identify a specific need to recognise and respond appropriately to the nexus between human health and wellbeing, urbanisation, and ecosystem services (the ‘WUE nexus’). This nexus is a priority area for research, policy and practice. In particular, it provides a useful pathway to meet the challenges of successful implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this brief, we present the following policy recommendations:
1. By emphasising urban-rural linkages, foster an integrated approach to ensure food security, food safety, and health promotion;
2. Secure resilient livelihoods for all, in particular for vulnerable groups; and
3. Integrate co-production of knowledge in science for decision-making, including the co-design of implementation frameworks, and the adoption of a nexus approach.

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Published date: 2016
Keywords: scientific brief, nexus thinking, systems thinking, ecosystem services, wellbeing and human health, urbanisation, urban-rural linkages, sustainable food systems, livelihood resilience, co-production of knowledge
Organisations: Water & Environmental Engineering Group

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URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/396565
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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 18:47

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Author: Sigrid Kusch
Author: Aysha Fleming
Author: Nicholas Cradock-Henry
Author: Nele Schmitz
Author: Laura Pereira
Author: Jess Vogt
Author: Michelle Lim
Author: Ali Kharrazi
Author: Chijioke J. Evoh
Author: Perrine Hamel
Author: Silke Bollmohr
Author: James Patterson
Author: Carolina Adler
Author: Wilma Waterlander
Author: Ai Sugiura
Author: Anna M. Augustyn
Author: Atul Dogra
Author: Nibedita Mukherjee
Author: Sheila Onzere
Author: Fawzi Mahomoodally
Author: Alice C. Hughes
Author: Kathryn Bowen
Author: Antonio Tironi
Author: Kiah Smith
Author: Steven Hoffenson
Author: Chibuike C. Udenigwe

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