WHAT WE DO

Our vision is to develop and mainstream community health approaches synergizing bio-resources and traditional knowledge. Towards this end, we envisage a global network addressing issues of biodiversity, health, traditional knowledge, and community wellbeing in an integrated manner.

 

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Nepalese Harvest; IRRI Photos



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Nepalese Harvest; IRRI Photos



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Nepalese Harvest; IRRI Photos



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Nepalese Harvest; IRRI Photos



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Nepalese Harvest; IRRI Photos

Policy Research

We are establishing a policy research network addressing issues related to biodiversity and community health. Within the network participating stakeholders from multiple disciplines are conducting case studies. We are further developing tools related to e.g. the validation of community knowledge and practices relevant to biodiversity conservation, health and nutrition security. We are also planning to draft policy briefs and toolkits elaborating on the use of tools and research findings.

Outputs

  • Drafting peer-reviewed policy research papers targeting different audiences such as policymakers, civil society organizations, local communities and researchers.
  • Designing manuals and books including good practices and methods for a broad range of issues such as mobilizing biodiversity to improve health outcomes.
  • Developing tools for relevant processes such as validation of local health practices and resource use.
  • Conducting hands-on trainings for UN-agencies, international organizations, governments and civil society organizations as well as community based organizations, local organizations and communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Policy Advocacy

We further actively advocate in international, regional, national and local policy forums for relevant aspects related to ecosystem services, sustainable use, public health, access to health, and livelihood security. In doing so, we are contributing to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its 20 Aichi Targets, as well as the United Nations’ emerging post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We further provide targeted inputs to specific policy forums, including those of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the Committee on Food Security, and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Outputs

  • Identifying and implementing institutional mechanisms for linking different sectors across biodiversity conservation, and health security.
  • Drafting policy briefs and organizing roundtables during UN conferences and other policy forums.
  • Providing guidance for mainstreaming biodiversity conservation for health security to other relevant stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with international, regional and national development partners such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Capacity Development

We are designing and implementing capacity development measures at the biodiversity and community health nexus. One of the innovative approaches here are participatory, rapid and integrated assessment of biological resource use and health practices. We are designing and conducting activities to validate community level health practices. We are further aiming to design appropriate resource inventories, including assessment of conservation status and resilience to human use applying e.g. participatory GIS to community based mapping.

Outputs

  • Developing associated enterprises owned by communities i.e. producers companies or cooperatives.
  • Providing support to local communities throughout the business plan development including identification and/or creation of health sensitive value chains.
  • Designing how-to-manuals and trainings on fostering equity and livelihoods using voluntary standards for ensuring harvesting and trade.
  • Designing training manuals including modules on participatory mapping, validation of traditional medical practices.

Supporting Establishment of Centres of Excellence

We further working towards establishing two centres of excellence in each of the WHO regions in Asia, Africa and Latin America based on financial contributions from e.g. the host member states. These centres of excellence will function as hubs for capacity development, policy advocacy and policy relevant research. Each centre will not only focus on regionally relevant issues in the nexus of biodiversity and community health but also raise resources for the establishment of local networks. These centres will further be networked through a global portal.

Outputs

  • Establishing six centres of excellence – two in each region Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Creating a global portal for networking the activities of these regional centres of excellence.
  • Identifying funding opportunities to ensure the centre’s financial sustainability.