Category Archives: Biodiversity and Community Health

Biodiversity, food security, nutrition and income through home gardens

  The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International started a home garden initiative in Nepal in 2002. Based on support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in collaboration with Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) and other partners, the initiative studied how home gardens can contribute to biodiversity,

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Shaping international policy towards biodiversity conservation and human health

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners are synergising efforts towards linking biodiversity and human health. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other key partners and experts drafted the State of Knowledge Review on the Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Human Health. This flagship publication covers

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A flagship for linking biodiversity and health

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s overall goal is to foster the linkages between biodiversity and health for sustainable development. In light of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 the BaCH Initiative highlights how international development goals can be reached through an integrated approach. Bringing together key agencies including the United Nations University Institute

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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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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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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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