We recognise the links between poor health, unmet family planning needs, environmental degradation, food insecurity, gender inequality and vulnerability to climate change.
As a holistic response to these interconnected challenges, we have developed an integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach, which combines reproductive health services and education with our marine conservation, sustainable fisheries and coastal livelihoods programmes.
Sir David Attenborough - Renowned naturalist, broadcaster and presenter of the BBC's Madagascar series
A model for everyone working to conserve the natural life-support systems of our troubled planet."
This integrated PHE approach builds social and ecological resilience by supporting coastal communities to live more healthily and sustainably with their marine environment. It enables couples to plan and better provide for their families, strengthening local conservation efforts and empowering them to create their own paths out of poverty.
Addressing community needs in such a holistic way has been proven to generate synergies that result in the more effective achievement of both health and environmental objectives, producing greater and more sustained gains than single sector approaches.
Integration also broadens community engagement, for example, enabling us to inform men about family planning and involve women in fisheries management. It maximises cost efficiency by facilitating the sharing of resources and skills between programmes.
Our highly acclaimed PHE model was originally pioneered in the Velondriake area of southwest Madagascar in 2007, and has been replicated further north along the coast in Belo sur Mer from 2013. It encompasses locally managed marine areas, sustainable fisheries management, aquaculture businesses, reproductive health services and community education. We are currently supporting a number of conservation organisations to explore the value of integrated programming, with the aim of encouraging broader uptake of this model.
We have presented the results and lessons learned from our integrated work to partners worldwide, including at the World Conservation Congress, International Congress for Conservation Biology and International Conference on Family Planning. Our PHE model won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge in 2011 and has been endorsed by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Population Reference Bureau, UNFPA, WWF, USAID, DFID and Oxfam.
|Population, Health and Environment factsheet
2013: The women are waiting -
conservation through reproductive
health service provision
(Population Matters Newsletter)
| 2013: Time to embrace integration
(International Lifestyle Magazine)
2012: Integrating family planning service
provision into community-based
marine conservation (Oryx) - contact us