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Mainstreaming biodiversity, food and nutrition into development policies

During the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) parties along with the international community including partners of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative discussed about the role of biodiversity for sustainable development. In line with this COP’s theme ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development’ participating

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Taking action for conservation and livelihoods at the local level

The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, a Cape Town based non-governmental organisation, jointly with herbalists and other partners launched Herbanisation – an open access, medicinal street garden project in 2012. The underlying idea is to create livelihood options for local Rasta and Khoi herbalists by upgrading degraded streets capes in economically marginalised areas marked by high unemployment

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How our quality of life and wellbeing are dependent on biodiversity

Biodiversity lays the foundation for human survival and development by providing non-material and material benefits benefits. While material benefits of biodiversity such as clean air and food have been acknowledged by the international community since more than two decades at 1992 Rio Earth Summit, non-material benefits have not received enough attention yet. The Biodiversity and

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Follow the last sessions of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 on-line

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 – a key global forum on protected areas – is coming to an end. Since 12 November 2014 over 5,000 participants from governments, international organisations, civil society organisations, community based organisations, the private sector and academia have gathered to join the Congress in Sydney. In light of this year’s

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Connecting global priorities – Biodiversity and Human Health

The State of Knowledge on the Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Human Health is an upcoming flagship publication covering all relevant issues related to the connections between biodiversity and community health. It is based on a collaborative effort of the BaCH Initiative partner the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health

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Parks, People, Planet connections with Biodiversity and Community Health

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is taking currently taking place in Sidney bringing together around 4000 delegates from over 160 countries. This year’s congress is themed Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions and will showcase the essential role and diverse benefits of protected areas for people and communities. Hence, partners of the Biodiversity and Community

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WIN and Pacific Community Dialogue Pavilion at the IUCN World Parks Congress

The Equator Initiative – a key partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative – is a partnership that works to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. It is a multi-sector partnership – bringing together the United Nations, governments, civil society organizations, and academic institutions –committed to

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The FairWild Standard as a tool for conserving life-saving medicinal plants under threat

An estimated 60,000 Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) species are used globally for their medicinal properties alone. Wild harvest and trade provides a critical source of income, particularly for the rural poor in developing countries. It underpins production of numerous traditional medicines, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and other products. Annual international trade in pharmaceutical plants alone

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“Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions”

The IUCN World Parks Congress Sidney 2014 is taking place from 12 till 19 November and will gather around 4000 delegates from over 160 countries. The WPC is held once in a decade and provides an ideal platform for a global conversation around issues related to protected areas. This year’s congress is themed Parks, People,

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