Making the connections: environmental degradation’s impact on exotic diseases such as Ebola

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative through its multiple partners strongly advocates in international policy forums to address pressing development priorities and challenges through acknowledging and fostering the linkages between biodiversity and health. In light of the current Ebola outbreak, one of the areas of main concern addressed by the EcoHealth Alliance – a BaCH Initiative partner – is the influence of environmental degradation and climate change on Ebola-like catastrophes as well as inherent functional chains. As such during the most recent Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP 12) from 6 – 17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the BaCH Initiative strongly emphasised the need for a “One Health”. In doing so, the BaCH Initiative highlights the need to acknowledge that human disease and biodiversity loss share common drivers, providing opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration for co-benefits for health and biodiversity.

Find out more about BaCH’s engagement in promoting a ‘One Health’ approach at the CBD-COP 12 here

Impact of climate change on human health

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During the recent World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate at WHO Headquarters in
Geneva, Switzerland from 27-29 August 2014 parties highlighted the severe impacts of climate change on human health. Almost 400 participants from governments and non-governmental organizations as well as UN agencies and the private sector gathered to reflect on relevant issues such as the state of climate science and how it relates to health as well as the public health response to climate change and health resilience. Parties also discussed about health benefits and health promotion while mitigating climate change and the economics of health and climate change. Learn more about the results of the conference and ways to link climate, sustainable development and health policy in the future here.

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Get inspired by local sustainability innovations

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Out of 1,234 nominations from 121 countries, the Equator Initiative, an outstanding partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative acknowledged 35 local innovations around the globe. All winners do have something in common: they all demonstrate community-based actions towards sustainability addressing environment, poverty and climate change challenges! Follow the link and get inspired!

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Amongst the winners’ is a project supported by TRAFFIC – another key BaCH Initiative partner. Read more here

 

A powerful story from a Nepalese village on the effects of climate change

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Madan Poudel – a young agriculture activist and student from Nepal – won the CCAFS open blog competition for South Asia for making a difference to food and farming in his country by getting an education. Read Madan’s story on how climate change is affecting his community, and how farmers are trying to adapt to an increasingly variable climate here

Find out more about the the Agricultural Youth in Nepal network which is gathering youths to jointly develop agriculture in Nepal here.