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Traditional knowledge, medicinal plants and culture

UNU Our World’s most recent issue covers an insightful article on ethnobiological drug discovery in Latin America and how discussions around traditional knowledge and medicinal plants emerged. Learn more about the essential role traditional knowledge on the use of medicinal plants plays and why there is a need to preserve these precious sources for our

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Empowering women through sustainable livelihoods

The Association of Women of the Highlands (Asociaciõn de Mujeres del Altiplano, AMA) is an inspiring example for a federation driven by women supporting other women to create sustainable livelihoods. What makes AMA so special is that their work is deeply rooted in the local cultural and natural setting and is based on existing knowledge.

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Towards food security through crop wild relatives

Crop wild relatives are a key components of healthy ecosystems and a critical resource for sustaining future food security. Their conservation is vital to ensure sustainability and needs global action. Bioversity International, one of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners created a global portal within the framework of the UNEP-GEF supported project “In

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Get inspired by local sustainability innovations

Out of 1,234 nominations from 121 countries, the Equator Initiative, an outstanding partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative acknowledged 35 local innovations around the globe. All winners do have something in common: they all demonstrate community-based actions towards sustainability addressing environment, poverty and climate change challenges! Follow the link and get inspired!

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A powerful story from a Nepalese village on the effects of climate change

Madan Poudel – a young agriculture activist and student from Nepal – won the CCAFS open blog competition for South Asia for making a difference to food and farming in his country by getting an education. Read Madan’s story on how climate change is affecting his community, and how farmers are trying to adapt to

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TRAFFIC & the Association of Waorani Women (AMWAE) win the Equator Prize for their outstanding work

Just right on time on World Environment Day (June 5th) the Equator Initiative, one of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners awarded the Equator Prize. This years Equator Prize honoured 35 local sustainable development innovations for people, nature and resilient communities. Amongst the winners, is a unique partnership between the Waorani, an indigenous

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