EcoHealth Network Hubs, Sites, and Regional Networks
The EcoHealth Network is building a global network of sites, hubs, and regional networks to advance the science and practice of ecological restoration. This work has been guided by organizational meetings with site and hub representatives, partners, and allies from six continents (South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia).
In a hub, a single organization or institution coordinates and assists a number of interlinked sites. For example, Gondwana Link is an EHN hub working to restore habitat across 1,000 km of land in South-Western Australia. It has multiple restoration sites. Three of these sites have been identified as EHN sites.
EHN sites may be independent sites or part of an EHN hub. They may include, for example, farms, grasslands, forests, urban areas, and protected lands. They also may be referred to as complex sites when they include a variety of ecosystems and/or land uses.
Regional networks can be in one or more countries. They organically grow out of the collaborative work of EHN sites and hubs. The Four Islands EcoHealth Network, founded in February 2020 at the EHN Hobart Workshop, is an example of a regional network collaborating among sites and hubs of the North and South Islands of Aotearoa/New Zealand, Tasmania, and the Australian mainland.
EHN is building a network of long-term sites to:
- Create opportunities to access additional financial, scientific, and organizational resources.
- Integrate public health practice and research into the work of restoration sites.
- Show how human and population health is affected by ecosystem health.
- Disseminate, share, and learn from research and narratives on the intersection of ecological restoration and human health.
- Implement and share research and practices that will address key knowledge gaps.
- Enable members to share, develop, and discuss their restoration-related data and experiences.
- Coordinate restoration activities that link EHN sites and hubs for landscape-scale solutions.
- Strengthen the roles of Traditional Owners and Indigenous people in all aspects of ecological restoration.
- Influence policy to favor prevention and restoration.
How does EHN engage with hubs, sites, and regional networks?
We have in-person meetings and workshops, write opinion pieces and scientific papers together, and use electronic communication tools to plan and share ideas. As we grow, so will our use of collaborative electronic platforms.
EHN is building a team which will include a Science Director to identify and address key knowledge gaps and advance scientific research, communication, and publishing across all sites and hubs; Regional Ambassadors who facilitate field research, data collection, and information sharing; Interns and Visiting Practitioners and Educators to assist with and learn from ecological and social strategies at sites and hubs; a Program Director to facilitate communication and information sharing; and an active Steering Committee engaged in dynamic strategic planning, relationship building, and oversight. Our Partners and Allies include scientists, writers, artists, environmental justice activists, public health professionals, business leaders, universities, nonprofits, international organizations, policymakers, and government representatives.
EHN Regional Network
Four Islands EcoHealth Network (Australia and New Zealand)