FPESA Research Paper Assessment: Family Planning and Coastal Conservation May Work Better Together Than Either Does Alone

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[columns] [span8]   Leona D’Agnes et al., “Integrated Management of Coastal Resources and Human Health Yields Added Value: A Comparative Study in Palawan (Philippines),” Environmental Conservation, vol. 37, no. 4 (December 2010), pp. 398–409. DOI: 10.1017/S0376892910000779. URL (abstract): journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=7944204&fileId=S0376892910000779. This … Continued

“Convince Them to Say It”: Environmental Researchers and the Touchy Topics of Family Planning and Population

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[columns] [span8] As a young and promising marine biologist, Camilo Mora led a team of 55 scientists assessing the rapid decline of fish on the world’s coral reefs. It was a global enterprise with broad implications. Hundreds of millions of … Continued

Researching the Connections: Challenges and Opportunities

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[columns] [span8] The Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment (FPESA) project has undertaken an important and challenging agenda, one with tremendous implications for the well-being of human populations and the planet. The project’s finding that there is little scholarship directly … Continued

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

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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