Population, Health & Environment

The purpose of the manual is to provide basic, easy to use, and quick information across the range of topics that organizations need to be familiar with at different stages of a PHE program cycle. This manual drew on member experience with designing and implementing Population, Health and Environment (PHE) projects/programs. The manual was established in response to member and partner demands for information to help PHE practitioners implement project activities. 

The Health of People and the Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin (HoPE-LVB) toolkit is a collection of resources that was developed to promote “a complete status of well-being” of individuals and families by converging activities related to the three sectors of population, health and environment." The HoPE-LVB toolkit was created using the lessons learned and best practices from the project. 

This Guide was designed for facilitators/trainers who work with Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) implementing Population, Health and Environment (PHE) activities to develop a Behavior Change Communication (BCC) intervention that supports the achievement of the PHE project’s goals and objectives. It instructs the facilitator on how to train participants on the basic components of a BCC intervention. It also advises how to adapt these components for PHE projects that need integrated messages to raise community awareness of the PHE linkages of health and pro-conservation behaviors. 

This manual provides guidance for field-based conservation practitioners in developing countries on integrating health and family planning into community conservation projects. It is designed for those who are starting work in a new area as well as those who might be adding on a health or population component to an existing conservation project. In addition, some sections are likely to be of interest to health partners, development organizations and donors.

This study supports the importance of including Family Planning/ Maternal and Child Health (FP/MCH) as part of integrated projects to enhance resilience. The paper identifies components of resilience that could be measured in Population, Health and Environment (PHE) and other integrated development projects, and uses data from a PHE project in western Tanzania to measure resilience and better understand the links between resilience and family planning. The research aims to establish which factors contribute to resilience in the project area, with the ultimate goal of understanding how to build potential resilience among people in ecologically rich regions who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods.

BRIDGE is a five-year project (2015-2020) managed by USAID’s E3 Forestry and Biodiversity Office. The project advances the second goal of USAID’s Biodiversity Policy, to “integrate biodiversity as an essential component of human development.” BRIDGE collaborates with USAID missions and regional and technical bureaus to identify and promote integrated programming approaches and contribute to the evidence base for integration. The USAID BRIDGE project builds on lessons learned from decades of USAID initiatives to promote and support the integration of biodiversity conservation with other development sectors including climate change, DRG, food security, and health.