Integrating Ecohealth Assessment in the Americas

Countries of the Americas are proceeding with economic negotiations that could either support or inhibit sustainable development. Impact assessment can help mitigate serious health and environmental risks arising from new trade and economic development policies, and open space for greater public participation. However, very few impact assessment laws are adequately implemented in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC), and only a few agencies effectively apply impact assessment guidelines. Even these are unsure how to integrate health aspects.

This grant will allow a coalition of eight research institutes from across the Americas, who have a demonstrated track record of successful collaboration, to develop and refine a set of health and ecological impact assessment laws. The research partners will

  • investigate how impact assessment laws are functioning in practice;
  • build expertise on health and environmental impact assessment methods and laws in LAC; and
  • provide recommendations to hemispheric policymakers through events at health, environment and trade meetings.

The project will culminate in a symposium (2008 or 2009) and a book.

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Project status


Start Date

Thursday, March 23, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


50 months

IDRC Officer

Bazzani, Roberto

Total funding

CA$ 650,000


North and Central America, South America


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger


Centre for International Sustainable Development Law

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