Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre – India –

Watch a short clip on the Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre’s (MPCC) collaboration with the government Forest Departments, other NGOs and local village communities to promote the conservation of medicinal plants endemic to Maharashtra State. Find out more about ways to revitalize traditional health practices and impact access to primary health care through participatory approaches.

Boosting sustainable local livelihoods & improving health in rural communities

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Walking the path toward sustainable development the Equator Initiative, one of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s key partners biennially honors local innovations linking people and nature through its Equator Prize. One of the previously awarded local spotlights in India, Maharashtra aims at creating sustainable livelihoods and improving the health of rural communities through the conservation of medicinal plants conservation and revitalization of traditional health practices and the use of medicinal plants. Find out more about the awarded Medicinal Plants Conservation Centre here.

Impact human well-being through sustainable management & traditional knowledge in cultural landscapes

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) jointly with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) initiated the Satoyama Initiative to impact biodiversity and human well-being through promoting the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in human-influenced natural environments. Join the Satoyama Initiative’s conference on the Sustainable Management including the Use of Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama and Other Cultural Landscapes in Kanazawa, Japan on May 1st 2014. The conference aims to highlight the potential trade-offs and synergies of traditional local knowledge and scientific knowledge related to ecosystem services in socio-ecological production landscapes, including satoyama and other forms of cultural landscapes, or SEPLs. Read more here

*This conference is part of the UNU-IAS research project Tradeoff Analysis and Local Governance Model of Satoyama Ecosystem Services, which is supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, through its Environment Research and Technology Development Fund.

Diversifying Food & Diets: Improving Agricultural Biodiversity to Improve Nutrition & Health

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A book published by the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International was listed as ‘a must read’  in the Food Tank’s Spring Reading listThe authors call food policy makers, farmers and practitioners for action to ensure agricultural biodiversity and diversifying diets for improved health and nutritional value. Explore current strategies for improving nutrition and diets as well as best practices here 

Check out UNU-IAS’s new webpage!

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s key partner the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) just launched its new webpage. UNU-IAS was inaugurated on 1 January 2014, and consolidates two previous UNU institutes: the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies and the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace. Read more here

Spreading the word for health benefits of local biodiversity in Turkey

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition (BFN) Project was celebrated as the guest of honour in the Alaçatı Herb Festival in Turkey (10-13 April, 2014). Find out more about the festival as well as BFN’s engagement in promoting the sustainable use of wild edible plants and the local cuisines here.

Traditional Knowledge based Bioprospecting for Health & Livelihood Security of Communities:

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One of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative‘s leading partners the Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) has been addressing issues around health, livelihood security and community development since almost two decades. Read more on FRLHT’s experience in applying innovative participatory methods and models on traditional knowledge based bioprospecting here

Refocussing on what matters to well-being

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Over the last decade, researchers at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner, have advocated to reshape international policy discourses on well-being by refocusing on what really matters to well-being beyond a the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – centric approach. Read more here