“Parks, People, Planet – Inspiring Solutions”


The IUCN World Parks Congress Sidney 2014 is taking place from 12 till 19 November and will gather around 4000 delegates from over 160 countries. The WPC is held once in a decade and provides an ideal platform for a global conversation around issues related to protected areas. This year’s congress is themed Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions and will showcase the essential role and diverse benefits of protected areas for people and communities. Hence, partners of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative such as the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study for Sustainability (UNU-IAS) will actively engage in the event and highlight the relevance of parks for health and human well-being at large. Through sharing ideas and experiences, this years WPC aims to take stock of the achievements in implementing the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets, agreed by the international community during the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) in Nagoya, Japan in 2010. The congress will further highlight the role of protected areas for sustainable development and identify challenges and innovations towards reaching the Aichi Targets and

Follow the highlights of the WPC 2014 through the live stream here

Simple ways of boosting your wellbeing through nature

The Guardian recently kicked off a campaign called ‘Live Better’ where multiple individuals highlight approaches to improve wellbeing and health. The Live Better Challenge will continue over the next months and aims to mobilse is to live … well … better! One approach that has been covered is ecotherapy and its impact on improving health and wellbeing at large. Learn more about the positive effects of green parks and being in the wilderness here

Linking food, health and sustainability


One of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative‘s key partners, Bioversity International, is also a strategic partner at the 26-27th May EAT Stockholm Food Forum. This forum will gather key stakeholders from academia, politics and business to share and discuss about challenges and opportunities linking food, health and sustainability. Find out more about other strategic partners of EAT as well as the programme here