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. The workshop was a great success! The next meeting will be in Cape Town in September, and then Hobart, Tasmania in February 2020. The number of member 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.

Protected Areas

Protected areas include botanical gardens, parks, wildlife reserves, and conservation land.

 

Farms & Ranches

Farms and ranches have great potential when it comes to ecological health. With the correct support system, farms and ranches can thrive, increasing their own sustainability while maintaining biodiversity, safeguarding ecosystems, and protecting open space.

 

Complex Sites

Complex sites are large, organizationally interlinked landscape-scale sites. This can include entire geographical regions, groups of sites (such as a river’s various watershed districts), or cities.