Linking traditional and scientific knowledge for climate risk management


Jointly with the Tanzania’s Sokoine University of Agriculture and the Tanzania Meteorological Agency, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is supporting ways to integrate traditional and scientific knowledge. This effort is part of a larger on-going project on promoting integration of indigenous knowledge and scientific weather and climate forecasting for risk management. Read more about how the project has successfully validated traditional knowledge systems to combat the effects of climate change on food security here.

Re-focusing on what matters to well-being by looking beyond the GDP


The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), a leading partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health Initiative (BacH),has been advocating for a more holistic approach to measure the quality of life over the last decade. Read more about why sustainable development and green growth requires to look beyond the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a proxy indicator of a nation’s welfare 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.