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Dynamics of Human Health in Forest Environments

The health of rural, forest-dependent communities is intimately connected to the integrity of surrounding ecosystems. Deforestation and forest degradation, soil erosion, and water pollution can directly impact how well people in these communities achieve sustainable livelihoods and protect their food security needs. Diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, can be exacerbated by environmental degradation, while ecosystem services provided by intact ecosystems can contribute to human health and sustainable local livelihoods. We conduct research into the dynamic interactions of human health and forest ecosystems to better understand how human and forest health can be simultaneously protected.