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Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development: A Case from the Health Sector in Kerala, India

Biological as well as cultural diversity are inherently linked and form an important part of the sustainable development education process. The article points out the importance of integrating traditional knowledge in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programs using a case of traditional medicine from Kerala, India. At the same time the authors emphasise the need to address inherent socio-political and

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Bio-enterprises, Endogenous Development and Well-being

While several indicators of relevance to policymaking find resonance in the community context, the communities’ definitions of what constitutes their well-being are often not taken into account. Suneetha M. Subramanian (United Nations University Institute of the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Wim Hiemstra and Bas Verschuuren (ETC Compas ) – key experts of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s

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Equator Prize 2014 Call for Nominations Open!

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner UNDP’s Equator Initiative is calling for nominations for the Equator Prize 2014! Over the last years UNDP’s Equator Initiative has been awarding plenty ground-breaking local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities related to biodiversity and health. Check out the eligibility criteria as well as

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Traditional Medicine for Sustainable Healthcare

Check out a short clip on the pioneering International Traditional Healers Exchange & Conference on Promotion of Traditional Medicine for Sustainable Healthcare in November 2009, Bangalore, India bringing together around 200 participants from academia, government and non-government institutions, media as well as 50 healers from Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Americas. Thanks to the Biodiversity and

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Biodiversity and Community Health: Strengthening Linkages

http://iigh.unu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/IIGH.mp3 ‘The utility of biodiversity to secure health is well acknowledged. What is often not sufficiently addressed is the need to link access to good health at affordable cost for people living in remote or economically disadvantaged situations, using available resources, knowledge, skills and capacities from within their contexts.’ (Dr Suneetha M Subramanian, Senior Research Fellow

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Sustainable food and diets

“Sustainable diets are characterized by low environmental impacts, contributions to food and nutrition security, as well as healthy lives for present and future generations.” In September 2013, Bioversity International participated in the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation conference, ‘Sustainable food and diets: from theory to evidence-based successful practice’ organised in the scope of the 20th

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Diversifying food & diets

 Lessons learned & recommendations for practitioners  BaCH’s partner Bioversity International is revisits the role agricultural biodiversity can play in improving dietary diversity and health outcomes in a world where 868 million people are undernourished, 195 million children under the age of five are stunted and over 1 billion people are overweight and obese. Using examples and case

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Diet diversity for nutrition and health

Bioversity International is unlocking the potential of wild edibles Addressing global key challenges such as reducing hunger, malnutrition and obesity through dietary diversity and improved food security, Bioversity International is developing evidence and solutions for resilience and improved nutrition and health tailored for different groups, incomes, and ecosystems. Jointly with global partners, Bioversity is looking at nutrition

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