Fostering global collaborations for biodiversity conservation


The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner, the Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) formed the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) in 2004. The BLG aims to reduce overlapping and create synergies between the CBD and other biodiversity conventions. As such, the group invited the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to join as a member. Other members include following conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (year of entry into force: 1993), the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (1975), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1975), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (2004), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (1971) and the World Heritage Convention (1972).

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Reviving traditional foods in rural Lebanese schools to boost health


The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International a global-research-for-development organisation works towards healthy sustainable diets through conservation of agricultural biodiversity. Bioversity International’s vision is to contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Jointly with other key partners, Bioversity International is implementing the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project – officially the “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use for Improved Human Nutrition and Well-being” project. The project also highlights success stories around the globe in the biodiversity for food and nutrition nexus. Learn more about how revitalising traditional foods through projects linking schools to local cooperatives can impact health and well-being and create livelihood opportunities for most marginalized people in rural areas here.


Landscapes as sources of traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food

8554191646_3a3bf16191_kThe Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is a leading organisation advocating for food-based solutions that put traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food at their core. This approach simultaneously take into account the protection of landscapes as providers of this ecosystem service. Learn more about cases in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Kenya and Cameroon on how enhancing and use of wild and cultivated plant and animal species can lead to protecting the landscapes where they grow here

Saving biodiveristy through mindfulness



Read more about why biodiversity is a practice and how we personally diminish with every lost species in Susan Murphy’s small piece in the Kyoto Journal published on the occasion of the COP 10 hosted by Japan in 2010 here.

Read more about the Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) which was held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan here


Accept the challenge and take action for a sustainable future

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner UNEP is supporting global action for a sustainable future through the upcoming World Environment Day. Join one of the four UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen, Don Cheadle, Ian Somerhalder and Yaya Touré and support their mission and pledge to make a difference here.

The Post-Development Manifesto


“The challenge before us is to translate the worldviews of small-scale societies into the context of billions of people. What would a mass society look like if it saw nature not as an object of domination and a source of resources but as a sacred mother, intelligent and alive? What would development look like if traditional worldviews were seen not as relics of a superstitious past to be transcended but as carriers of vital information about how to live on this planet? What would technology look like conceived as a servant of nature’s healing from the last five thousand years of damage?” (Charles Eisenstein: Development in the Ecological Age, in: Kosmos Journal Issue spring-summer-2014).

Read more about Eisenstein’s call to reconceive the narrative of development here.


Traditional & wild toolbox launched TODAY


TRAFFIC, a key partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative, jointly with WWF just launched an innovative and interactive toolbox around traditional and wild plant species used for traditional medicine and food. The toolbox is part of a larger programme called Traditional and wild: Promoting traditional collection and use of wild plants to reduce social and economic disparities in Central Europe”.  Check out the toolbox which was already awarded as the “Site of the Day” for its innovative creative design and ease of use from the prestigious and websites here.