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Biodiversity, food security, nutrition and income through home gardens

  The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International started a home garden initiative in Nepal in 2002. Based on support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in collaboration with Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) and other partners, the initiative studied how home gardens can contribute to biodiversity,

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Impact of climate change on human health

During the recent World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from 27-29 August 2014 parties highlighted the severe impacts of climate change on human health. Almost 400 participants from governments and non-governmental organizations as well as UN agencies and the private sector gathered to reflect on relevant

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Towards research for a food secure future

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organisation advocating for food-based solutions that put traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food at their core. Jointly with other leading organisations Bioversity International contributes to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). This global partnership synergises efforts towards research for a

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Shaping international policy towards biodiversity conservation and human health

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partners are synergising efforts towards linking biodiversity and human health. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other key partners and experts drafted the State of Knowledge Review on the Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Human Health. This flagship publication covers

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A flagship for linking biodiversity and health

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s overall goal is to foster the linkages between biodiversity and health for sustainable development. In light of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 the BaCH Initiative highlights how international development goals can be reached through an integrated approach. Bringing together key agencies including the United Nations University Institute

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Fostering global collaborations for biodiversity conservation

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner, the Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) formed the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) in 2004. The BLG aims to reduce overlapping and create synergies between the CBD and other biodiversity conventions. As such, the group invited the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to join as

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Reviving traditional foods in rural Lebanese schools to boost health

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International a global-research-for-development organisation works towards healthy sustainable diets through conservation of agricultural biodiversity. Bioversity International’s vision is to contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation. Jointly with other key partners, Bioversity International is implementing the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project –

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Landscapes as sources of traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is a leading organisation advocating for food-based solutions that put traditional, culturally-acceptable and nutritious food at their core. This approach simultaneously take into account the protection of landscapes as providers of this ecosystem service. Learn more about cases in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Kenya and

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Why conserving agrobiodiversity matters – the Sri Lankan case

The Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative’s partner Bioversity International is coordinating the Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition Project (B4FN) – a multi-country, multi-partner initiative led by Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Turkey and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Part of the B4FN’s pioneering work is to raise awareness for the importance of agricultural biodiversity

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