(November 2004) In the face of mounting development challenges, people and communities across the Philippines are breaking new ground in designing innovative programs that address human and environmental well-being in holistic ways. By tackling multiple issues simultaneously, these projects are enabling communities to reap immediate benefits while laying the groundwork for sustained health and livelihoods.

But further government support and crosssectoral cooperation is needed to sustain and expand these efforts. This policy brief explores the interconnections among urgent issues related to population, health, and environment in the Philippines; highlights programs that address these issues in an integrated fashion; and outlines next steps that can advance the country’s comprehensive development efforts.