Fostering synergies between biodiversity & human health

 

 

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Three of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), Bioversity International and UNEP jointly with other partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) are conducting a side event on biodiversity, ecosystems and the life-supporting services. On Wednesday 25th of June multiple key stakeholders working on issues at the nexus of biodiversity, human health and livelihoods are gathering to discuss pathways to foster these linkages to impact sustainable development and wellbeing at large. The side event takes place within the framework of the open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) in Montreal.

Learn more about the linkages here.

Learn more about the SBSTTA’s role in shaping policy for sustainable development here.

Simple ways of boosting your wellbeing through nature

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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

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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

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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.