Environmental management: its health implications

Since the Earth Summit, numerous initiatives have been launched at local, national and global levels to highlight the need for health and environment actions. Health and environment have a mutual nexus between them. The environment is an assemblage of physical, chemical, biological, social, cultural and economic conditions, and these have health implications. This paper examines how development or lack of it can threaten health through environmental pollution and degradation and also how environmental development and management can provide resources for health protection. The health challenges call for concerted efforts and actions for sustainable environmental management on the parts of individuals, governments, and agencies at all levels, so as to achieve human health and well-being and the integrity of the environment.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Sustainable Development, Disease-burden, Environmental Change, Environmental Management