Climate change has the potential to disrupt the progress of humanity because it affects the provision of food, safe water and clean air on which we all depend, and magnifies already existing socially-mediated risks, such as displacement and access to essential health services. Thus climate change is expected to exacerbate risks to health.
When considering climate adaptation and mitigation actions, therefore, countries must also consider the health impacts of such actions. Not doing so could result in trade-offs and unintended consequences which could ultimately undermine health, while well-designed climate adaptation and mitigation actions can provide opportunities to reduce and prevent risks to health.
To build governments’ awareness of multi-sectoral, systems-based studies and policies, IAP is now calling for examples of case studies of approaches to problem-solving and policies, which have been used to address the interlinked challenges of climate and health. Selected case studies will be edited into a volume to be made freely available that we hope will provide practical examples to decision makers that can be replicated in other situations.
The project builds on the IAP ‘Climate Change and Health’ project, as well as the Save the Children’s new strategic initiative ‘Climate and Health: Accelerating action on climate with health benefits’.
Priority will be given to case studies that focus on the linkages between climate and health in four thematic areas:
- food systems and agriculture;
- energy, including production, distribution, access, and efficiency;
- urbanization, including urban planning; and
- health systems strengthening.
Submissions of case study summaries should be made using the online form here by 11 June 2023.
An expert committee will review the submissions and the authors of the most appropriate will be invited to present their case studies at a workshop and follow this up with a full-length case study that will be edited and peer-reviewed for publication by the end of 2023.
It is expected that such a resource of policy-relevant, solutions-oriented case studies will assist governments in improving their practices of addressing climate and health in a holistic way.
For a more technical description of the background to this project and the kinds of case study we are looking for, please refer to the supplementary material here.