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, food security, nutrition and household income.
A recent impact study highlights following results:
- Home gardeners see their yields nearly triple from 300kg per year to as much as 900kg per year.
- Biodiversity increased in the home gardens of participating households, with 66 species under cultivation as compared to fewer than 40 species before the project.
- Farmers now maintain higher plant diversity and cultivate a greater range of plant groups – vegetables, fruits, spices, medicinal herbs, fodder and ornamentals.
- More households are selling their garden products and participating households doubled their overall consumption of produce.
Read more about the partners involved and the scaling up of the project here.
Tradition is something that needs to be created, not simply protected. If we are to protect anything, it is nature itself, which supports tradition.
Morimoto Kiko, an artist and master in painting Kimonos from Kyoto, established an eco-cultural enterprise in Chot Sam, Cambodia in the mid 1990s. Jointly with women weavers he is bringing back lost skills through revitalising traditional knowledge and practices. His work is also related to biodiversity conservation. Morimoto and the local community are planting a traditional forest where everything from the natural dyes to the silk can be harvested in the rich natural environment. Learn more about the Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles and the underlying philosophy around linking nature with tradition, craftsmanship, and collaboration here.
Watch a short clip on Morimoto’s work here.
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 issues such as the state of climate science and how it relates to health as well as the public health response to climate change and health resilience. Parties also discussed about health benefits and health promotion while mitigating climate change and the economics of health and climate change. Learn more about the results of the conference and ways to link climate, sustainable development and health policy in the future here.
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 food secure future aiming to reduce rural poverty, increase food security, improve human health and nutrition, and ensure more sustainable management of natural resources. To raise awareness for the importance of research on sustainable agriculture to stakeholders involved in the climate change and development policy processes, CGIAR is organising the #1 CGIAR Development Dialogues on 25 September 2014 in New York City . Learn more about the relevance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) here and find out how to attend the event through live video streaming and social media channels here.
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 all relevant issues at the biodiversity and health nexus such as agricultural biodiversity and food security, water and air quality, nutrition and health, traditional medicine and biodiversity, and health care and pharmaceuticals.
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 for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and Bioversity International, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) will launch the State of Knowledge Review during the upcoming twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties in October 2014.
Read the draft and/or get involved and participate in the peer review process of this flagship publication here
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 a member. Other members include following conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity (year of entry into force: 1993), the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (1975), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1975), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (2004), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (1971) and the World Heritage Convention (1972).
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