Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Assessment

A Collaborative Assessment of the Evidence

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Does scientific research support the claim that family planning brings environmental benefits and is worth supporting by those who care about environmental sustainability?

About us

The (FPESA) project, directed by the Worldwatch Institute (USA), seeks to develop a network of research collaborators around the world working to better understand and to document evidence that this often-controversial linkage is real and that it matters.

What we do

The project is surveying the field of health and environmental research for well documented and evaluated data shedding light on how the use of family planning might relate to climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable water supply and food production, the maintenance of biological diversity, the future of forests and fisheries, and more. Exploring multiple pathways of causation, we will assess whether and to what extent global investments in family planning services and removal of barriers to their use can influence environmental trends.

How to join us

We are especially interested in engaging researchers who are women or are based in developing countries. Collaborating partners are encouraged to suggest published research for consideration and to contribute to the collaborative assessment of existing research that we will facilitate. We aim to produce a jointly-written report on our findings in February 2015 and hope to continue this work through 2015 and beyond.

For further information

The Worldwatch Institute can be reached by mail at 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 430, Washington, DC 20036 USA, and by telephone at +1 202 745 8092.

Senior Fellow
Yeneneh Terefe  Research Assistant



FPESA in the News:


New Security Beat  |  Wilson Center

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