Tag Archives: traditional knowledge

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Taking action for conservation and livelihoods at the local level

The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation, a Cape Town based non-governmental organisation, jointly with herbalists and other partners launched Herbanisation – an open access, medicinal street garden project in 2012. The underlying idea is to create livelihood options for local Rasta and Khoi herbalists by upgrading degraded streets capes in economically marginalised areas marked by high unemployment

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Parks, People, Planet connections with Biodiversity and Community Health

The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is taking currently taking place in Sidney bringing together around 4000 delegates from over 160 countries. 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

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Raising awareness for the interlinkages between biodiversity & health at CoP 12 in Korea

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative continuously raises awareness for the complex interlinkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services and health. This is based on the firm belief that biodiversity lies the foundation for human health as it provides healthy ecosystems on which we depend for our food and fresh water or aids in regulating climate

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Why the Nagoya Protocol matters for biodiversity and community health

Adopted on 29 October 2010 during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) (short Nagoya Protocol) finally reached more than 50

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The Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources will enter into force

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) agreed in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan will enter into force on October 12 2014. The protocol finally reached 51 of 50 required ratifications to enter into force. Against the

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Traditional knowledge, medicinal plants and culture

UNU Our World’s most recent issue covers an insightful article on ethnobiological drug discovery in Latin America and how discussions around traditional knowledge and medicinal plants emerged. Learn more about the essential role traditional knowledge on the use of medicinal plants plays and why there is a need to preserve these precious sources for our

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Revitalising local health traditions in India

Get a glimpse of the Foundation for the Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions’ (FRLHT) pioneering work in India. Darshan Shankar, co-founder of FRLHT, takes you on a short tour through the institute and gives an insightful introduction to the Indian health traditions, their challenges in the contemporary setting and their dialogue with modern science.

Why small island developing states matter

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States. Small island developing states are rich in vibrant and distinct cultures, diversity and heritage. Watch the short clip and learn more about how small island developing states are addressing pressing global issues through ingenuity, innovation and use of traditional knowledge.

Linking Biodiversity & Health – Looking back

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

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