International recognition for the Biodiversity and Community Health Initiative

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During the last meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) in Montreal, the international community recognised the relevance of our work once more! It was further highlighted that cross-cutting initiatives on biodiversity, food, nutrition and health are key to reach international development goals. Together with our partner Bioversity International, we were acknowledged for our work to foster the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, in particular Target 14. Read the statement here and find out more about the linkages between health and biodiversity here.

 

Fostering synergies between biodiversity & human health

 

 

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Three of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Bioversity International and UNEP jointly with other partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) are conducting a side event on biodiversity, ecosystems and the life-supporting services. On Wednesday 25th of June multiple key stakeholders working on issues at the nexus of biodiversity, human health and livelihoods are gathering to discuss pathways to foster these linkages to impact sustainable development and wellbeing at large. The side event takes place within the framework of the open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) in Montreal.

Learn more about the linkages here.

Learn more about the SBSTTA’s role in shaping policy for sustainable development here.

Saving biodiveristy through mindfulness

 

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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

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Why small island developing states matter

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States. Small island developing states are rich in vibrant and distinct cultures, diversity and heritage. Watch the short clip and learn more about how small island developing states are addressing pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge.

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2014 International Day for Biodiversity Celebrations around the world

2014 International Day for Biodiversity Celebrations around the world

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The CBD Secretariat, a key partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative, encourages all parties to the Convention and all organizations to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD). Find out more about events in your country here.

The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)

 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)

The UN has proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This year is dedicated to island biodiversity and emphasises at the same time the designation by the UN General Assembly of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States. In addition, the theme was chosen to stress the importance of the COP decision XI/15 paragraph 1(a) “to strengthen the implementation of the Programme of Work on Island Biodiversity”. Learn more about unique island ecosystems and their importance for sustainable livelihood, economy, well-being and cultural identity of 600 million islanders—one-tenth of the world’s population here.

Creating Health Commons in India

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners UNU-IAS and FRLHT are facilitating a two-day multi-stakeholder forum on ways to link biodiversity, community health and sustainable livelihoods through Public Private Partnership (PPP) innovations. Thanks to the partnership with the Shuttleworth Foundation and its support for community health advocates, our partners will be discussing ways to create health commons which also aim to ensure biodiversity conservation and revitalising traditional health practices. The forum is locally hosted by FRLHT in Bangalore and brings together development partners, NGOs, CBOs, traders and suppliers as well as researchers.

The International Day for Biological Diversity is coming up in 3 days !

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The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)’ to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. This years day is dedicated to Island Biodiversity. Follow global actions here / The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s key partner the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) provides you some important background information on the importance of islands here