Policy Toolkit for Developing and Implementing Ecohealth Policies and Practices
Municipal governments, public health professionals and conservation authorities are in a unique position to improve community health. They have the ability to develop or influence public policies and encourage the development of practices that increase and build resilience of valuable greenspaces both in rural and urban areas. EcoHealth Ontario and partners have developed an Ecohealth Policy Toolkit to guide professionals wishing to improve community health through greenspace provision, design and access.
Here are six case studies that illustrate ways in which municipalities, public health units and conservation authorities are creating ecohealth policies and plans. See the full Ecohealth Policy Toolkit for more examples from other jurisdictions.
City of London Parks and Rec Master Plan and Forest Strategy
The City of London is committed to building a green and healthy city. This commitment is demonstrated through the City’s focus on protecting, enhancing and managing environments that support the health and wellbeing of all Londoners. The individual and community benefits associated with a healthy environment are highlighted in several of the City’s environment-focused plans, as well as in the City’s new Official Plan.