There is an urgent need for the Planetary Health community to inform ongoing local, national, regional, and global policy discussions, and for the Planetary Health community to be informed about the science needed to help address today’s policy gaps.
PHA science policy activities will work with stakeholders to develop science policy approaches to inform decision-making, policy and practice. To achieve this, PHA science policy engagement involves a range of activities including, but not limited to the following.
EDUCATE DECISION- AND POLICY-MAKERS
PHA will seek perspectives from decision- and policy-makers regarding the science and tools they need to address key policy gaps at local, national, regional and global levels where improved understanding of environmental change-human health relationships could directly inform best management policy and practice.
ENHANCE DECISION-SUPPORT TOOLS WITH SCIENTIFIC DATA
By identifying decision-support tools already in use, the PHA will work to enhance those tools with scientific data on environmental change and associated human health relationships in order to support our goal of improved decision-making in the land-use planning, environmental conservation, and public health policy realms.
PARTNER TO SHARE EXPERIENCES AND BEST PRACTICES
We strive to build strategic partnerships with groups working on science-to-policy translation and application so as to share planetary health science policy experiences and further develop and document best practices.
The PHA is poised to deliver powerful and compelling approaches to policy development that can be applied at a range of scales around the world, drawing on our increasing understanding of key relationships between the state of natural systems and public health outcomes.