- Environment and Health -
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Theme

Environment and Health

Chapters 25 - 31

How have the natural sciences influenced development practice?
In contrast to the other themes, the subjects of environment and health are more rooted in the natural sciences. Scientific inquiry led to the development of concepts such as natural capital, intergenerational equity and sustainable development, yet it is also the scientific focus on data and provability that has put pressure on policy process. Grand narratives still shape global agendas, but in everyday life the practitioner is more likely to speak of policy experiments, measurable targets, and development indicators. Science provides tools, yet its influence depends on whose hands it empowers—whether by governments designing smarter health systems, or poor farmers growing more nutritious food.

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