High Rates of Unintended Pregnancy Even as Fertility Falls: Population, Contraception, and Research in Latin America and the Caribbean

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[columns] [span8] The population of Latin America and the Caribbean has nearly quadrupled since the mid-20th century, from 169 million in 1950 to 634 million in 2015, according to the United Nations Population Division. A key factor behind this sharp … Continued

Long in the Background, Population Becoming a Bigger Issue at Climate Change Discussions

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[columns] [span8] As most of the world’s governments are puzzling out what they can offer to combat global climate change, a sensitive but critical aspect of the problem is coming into clearer focus: population. The word appears 20 times in … Continued

Does Family Planning Actually Promote Environmental Sustainability? The Challenge of Isolating Causal Factors in Complex and Dynamic Systems

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[columns] [span8] As the Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) project illustrates, an abundance of peer-reviewed scientific literature addresses various potential connections between family planning, demographic change, and environmental sustainability. Although the project does not address how the research … Continued

“PHE”: Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability in Communities

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[columns] [span8] Although they are too rarely the topic of peer-reviewed research, community-based projects in some developing countries are bringing family planning and environmental sustainability together at the level of people’s lives. Called PHE projects—for “population, health, and environment”—these initiatives … Continued

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.

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