Author Archives: UNU

2014 Sustainability Champion Award through the FairWild Standard

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner TRAFFIC along with other partners of the FairWild Foundation developed the FairWild Standard – a pioneering tool to promote biodiversity conservation through sustainable use. The certification system is applied globally to assess the harvest and trade of wild medicinal plants and ensure a sustainable and fair management. More

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Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative receives international recognition

Spreading the good news again, read more about the recent statement of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) on the importance of addressing issues around biodiversity, food and health as well as the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative here.

The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will enter into force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan will enter into force on October 12 2014. The protocol finally reached 51 of 50 required ratifications to enter into force. Against the

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Shedding light on the concept of commons through pratcical expieriences

As part of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative, UNU-IAS is contributing its long-standing experience in policy research, advocacy and capacity development for sustainable development. Highlighting the social, economic and environmental dimensions, UNU-IAS has been addressing key issues around biodiversity and is fostering the linkages to health through the BaCH Initiative. Here, questions and implications around

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International recognition for the Biodiversity and Community Health Initiative

During the last meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) in Montreal, the international community recognised the relevance of our work once more! It was further highlighted that cross-cutting initiatives on biodiversity, food, nutrition and health are key to reach international development goals. Together with our partner Bioversity International, we

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Using medicinal plants for animal health to ensure healthy and sustainable dairy products

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners just facilitated a successful experience exchange enabling Dutch farmers and veterinarians to visit the Institute of Ayurvedic and Integrated Medicine (I-­AIM) in Bangalore, India. This exchange is part of a series of activities to assist the Dutch livestock sector to reduce antibiotic use by 70% till the end

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Medicine in the Mountains: Health and Development in High Asia

If you happen to be in Berlin this week, join the Tibet Colloquim highlighting ‘Medicine in the Mountains’ and issues around health and development in High Asia on 25 June 2014. Drs. Sienna Craig and Kenneth Bauer will discuss their forthcoming monograph, Medicine in the Drawing from decades of field experience in the Himalayas and

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Fostering synergies between biodiversity & human health

    Three of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Bioversity International and UNEP jointly with other partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) are conducting a side event on biodiversity, ecosystems and the life-supporting services. On Wednesday 25th of June multiple key

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70% of us rely on traditional, largely herbal medicine

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative promotes the sustainable management of biological resources, namely medicinal plants to create sources of sustainable livelihoods and impact health needs at the local level. A recent article in the Times of India highlights how the absence of specific laws leads to diminishing resources and knowledge. Read the article

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