An integrated PHE approach brings added benefits to both the health and environment sectors. When PHE projects provide remote communities in areas of high biodiversity priority with family planning and basic health services, they also build goodwill for conservation efforts. Communities that feel their needs are being met are more willing and better able to protect and conserve the ecosystems on which they depend.

By partnering with environmental organizations that have on-going projects in and established relationships with remote communities, integrated health interventions can reach underserved populations in a more effective manner than could happen through stand-alone health or family planning programs.

Integrated PHE interventions also:

  • Enable access to communities typically not reached by traditional health programs because they are too expensive or impractical to reach 
  • Deliver health information and services through existing social or community networks maintained by environmental organizations (e.g.,  farmers’ cooperatives or community resource committees)
  • Address some root causes of health problems—e.g., poverty, environmental degradation, and inequitable distribution of services
  • Generate active involvement of non-traditional audiences such as men or youth, who tend to be more involved with environment or livelihood activities