Grey literature

A case for intersectoral health-conservation collaboration: Barriers and opportunities

There is a close relationship between our health and that of animals, plants, and the environment. Forests have been proven to provide significant benefits to human health. One Health has been developed to acknowledge these interdependencies and promote an integrated approach that balances and optimises the health of humans, animals, plants, and ecosystems sustainably. As part of this approach, fostering collaboration between the forest conservation and restoration and public health sectors is essential.

Significant barriers to multi-sector collaboration include a lack of sufficient and specific evidence supporting the benefits of forest conservation and restoration to human health, ineffective mechanisms for sharing data across sectors, limited funding for collaborative activities, gaps in capacity, and poor inter-sectoral communication.

This report draws upon a range of existing literature, including academic and grey literature and workshop proceedings, supplemented by interviews with experts in the conservation and health sectors. It overviews these barriers and highlights opportunities and global best practice case studies of collaboration between the (forest) conservation and human health sectors.