“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

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


How our well-being depends on wild plant products


The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner TRAFFIC International is addressing issues around the sustainable practice and conservation of medicinal plants. Find out how much our human well-being in rural AND urban areas depends on a diverse array of wild plant products here