70% of us rely on traditional, largely herbal medicine

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The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative promotes the sustainable management of biological resources, namely medicinal plants to create sources of sustainable livelihoods and impact health needs at the local level. A recent article in the Times of India highlights how the absence of specific laws leads to diminishing resources and knowledge. Read the article here

 

Empowering women through sustainable livelihoods

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The Association of Women of the Highlands (Asociaciõn de Mujeres del Altiplano, AMA) is an inspiring example for a federation driven by women supporting other women to create sustainable livelihoods. What makes AMA so special is that their work is deeply rooted in the local cultural and natural setting and is based on existing knowledge. AMA encourages works with 13 Mayan communities on identifying sustainable livelihoods that impact individual and community wellbeing at large in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city. Learn more about AMA’s inspiring work in the recent “Our World web magazine” initiated and driven by the United Nations University (UNU) here.

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Towards biodiversity conservation & sustainable livelihoods through FairWild certification

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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

Creating sustainable livelihood alternatives for the marginalised Bedouin population

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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.