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Health and Biodiversity

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods “Biodiversity is the foundation for life and for the essential services provided by ecosystems. It therefore underpins peoples’ livelihoods and sustainable development in all areas of activity, including economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism, among others. By halting biodiversity

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Reflection of the Community-to-Community Exchange in India

Shared by the World Indigenous Network (WIN)  Upon return to Bangalore, the three groups reconvened and welcomed new participants from across India, including traditional healers, researchers, Ayurvedic doctors, and policymakers. After reporting on field trip visit learnings, participants participated in a variety of lectures and panel discussions around ABS and traditional knowledge over the course

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 9 August

“On this International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, I call on the international community to ensure that they are not left behind. To create a better, more equitable future, let us commit to do more to improve the health and well-being of indigenous peoples. ” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “Every year, 9 August is commemorated

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Community-to-Community Exchange and Capacity Development Workshop for Traditional Knowledge Holders on ABS

(c) Muliru Farmers Conservation Group, Equator Prize Winner 2010, Kenya From 28 September to 4 October 2015, the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative (coordinated by UNU-IAS) jointly with the multi-donor funded ABS Capacity Development Initiative, the Transdisciplinary University (TDU) of the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Tradition (FRLHT), the UNDP Equator Initiative, the

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Why conserving agrobiodiversity matters – the Sri Lankan case

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is coordinating the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project (B4FN) – a multi-country, multi-partner initiative led by Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Part of the B4FN’s pioneering work is to raise awareness for the importance of agricultural biodiversity

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The essential role of biodiversity and ecosystem services for a sustainable future

Based on its partners support the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative advocates for linking both biodiversity and health as key development priorities as well as relevant issues such as revitalising traditional health practices and and local food traditions. Throughout its work the Initiative highlights the substantial role of biodiversity and ecosystems for a sustainable

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Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience

The 2014 Human Development Report ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerability and Building Resilience’ was just launched in Tokyo today! This year’s report calls once more for universal provision of social services and stronger policies for social protection and full employment to advance and secure development progress. According to this years’ HDR 1.2 billion people live

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