Indicator(s) on the Health & Well-being of Communities Directly Dependent on Local Ecosystems

Author: Tyrrell, T.D.
Date Published: January 2008
Indicator(s) on the Health & Well-being of Communities Directly Dependent on Local Ecosystems

All humans rely on the provisioning, regulating, cultural, and supporting services of ecosystems for survival and well-being (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), 2005). This project aims to develop indicators of the health and well-being of communities who are directly dependent on local ecosystems.

The impact of changes or impairment of ecosystem services can have direct as well as complex indirect impacts on human health and well-being. Due to these complex relationships and linkages the project will draw on expertise from a wide range of disciplines, including biodiversity monitoring, human health, and indigenous rights.