The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner TRAFFIC is engaged in promoting biodiversity conservation through sustainable use of economic instruments in the medicinal plants sector. In line with BaCH’s key values, TRAFFIC promotes ethical, inclusive and economically viable management practices. Check out one of TRAFFIC’s pioneering projects in the North-Western Ghats, India and learn more about ways on how to link economic development and biodiversity in a FAIR manner in the medicinal plant sector here
Despite the recognition for the linkages between biodiversity and health, there is a need to further strengthen traditional understanding and practices relating to health at the community level. Such a comprehensive assessment of the many factors contributing to health—including biological resources, knowledge and human resources, socio-cultural resources and related policy processes—should involve attention to medicinal plant and animal products, dietary and nutritional aspects, access to these resources, ecosystem integrity, landscape values, rights of practitioners and opportunities for livelihood enhancement. Read more about how the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative was launched during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) in Hyderabad, India in October 2012 here in Traffic’s webstory
Over the past four decades Bioversity International – a key partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative – has been producing innovative solutions based on firm evidence and on the role that on-farm and wild agricultural and forest biodiversity can play in a more nutritious, resilient, productive and adaptable food and agricultural system. As part of its research streams, Bioversity is looking into diet diversity for nutrition and health. Read more about dietary diversity and its impacts on sustainability here
The UNDP Equator Initiative, one of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners, awarded the Medicinal Plants Association for its ground-breaking work on protecting and cultivating endemic species of medicinal plants in the St. Catherine Reserve in Sinai, Egypt with the Equator Prize. By creating a market supply chains for locally produced medicinal herbs, handicrafts and honey, the association creates sustainable livelihood alternatives. Find out more about the association’s work with the Bedouin population on sustainable harvesting, biodiversity and ecosystem health for local wellbeing here.
The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner the Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) is running a full-fledged Ayurveda & Integrative hospital equipped with modern diagnostics facilities: the I-AIM (Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine) Health Care Centre (IHC). Have a look here