EcoHealth Network Sites
The EcoHealth Network has assembled a leadership group representing Founder Sites from five continents. Representatives of these sites met in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in May 2019 — with other social and natural scientists — and discussed how they could work together to advance global efforts in sustainable land management, biodiversity conservation planning, and the science, business, and practice of ecological restoration. Representatives from the leadership group met again at the Society for Ecological Restoration's international conference, September 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. In February 2020, EHN representatives met with hub and site leaders, and other allies, in Hobart, Tasmania, which resulted in the Hobart Declaration and the Four Islands EcoHealth Collaboration. The number of EHN-affiliated hubs and sites is expected to grow considerably over the next several years.
EHN is building a network of long-term sites to:
- Allow restoration sites around the world to communicate with and learn from each other.
- Encourage research that will address key knowledge gaps.
- Create opportunities for sites to access additional resources beyond their immediate location.
- Add to and publicize knowledge about the ways in which human health is affected by ecosystem health.
- Help to increase public understanding of the great value of ecological restoration activities.
- Enable members, in one central location, to share, develop, and discuss their restoration-related knowledge in a wiki-like system within established conceptual frameworks.
Our initial sites fall within three categories: a) protected sites (e.g., botanic gardens and parks), b) farms and ranches, and c) ‘complex sites,’ i.e., organizationally interlinked sites at a landscape scale, including cities and the urban-rural interface. Other categorizations and groupings of sites within the network will be developed in the future, including industrial and mine sites, grasslands, wetlands, tropical forests and other woodlands, and coastal areas.