2020 journal article

Improving rural health care reduces illegal logging and conserves carbon in a tropical forest

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 117(45), 28515–28524.

By: I. Jones*, A. MacDonald*, S. Hopkins n, A. Lund*, Z. Liu*, N. Fawzi, M. Purba, K. Fankhauser* ...

co-author countries: United States of America 🇺🇸
author keywords: planetary health; natural climate solutions; human health; conservation; tropical forests
MeSH headings : Adult; Carbon; Climate Change; Conservation of Natural Resources; Delivery of Health Care; Diagnosis; Disease; Female; Forestry; Forests; Health Impact Assessment; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Rural Health; Trees; Tropical Climate
Source: Web Of Science
Added: December 11, 2020

Significance Here, we show how a conservation–health care exchange in rural Borneo preserved globally important forest carbon and simultaneously improved human health and well-being, in a region of historically intense environmental destruction, widespread poverty, and unmet health needs. To evaluate this long-term conservation and health intervention, we analyzed earth observation data, clinic health records, and socioeconomic surveys to quantify conservation, health, and sustainable development outcomes simultaneously. Results demonstrate an actionable framework for aligning cross-sectoral goals and objectively quantifying intervention outcomes across both conservation and human health targets.