Experts Reflect on the State and Future of Research on Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability

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Reproductive health, family planning, population, and the state of the environment interact in individual human lives. However, research only rarely examines this integrated dynamic. Demography, health, and individual environmental topics typically fall into silos, reflecting the disciplinary specialty of researchers or the focus of funders.

How to move forward? The experts we interviewed agreed that research should explore how family planning relates to forces and factors that can bring about environmental sustainability. They also agreed that this needs to be integrated with the study of what works to improve livelihoods, food security, education, economic opportunities, and the empowerment of girls and women.

Enlisting Ethiopia’s Orthodox Church to address population, climate change, and cultural heritage

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According to the latest United Nations medium-variant projections, the population of Ethiopia—Africa’s second most populous country—is expected to nearly double from just under 99 million in 2015 to almost 188 million in 2050. This rapid increase in human numbers could seriously threaten the country’s environmental and sustainable development goals. Click above to read more…

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