Biodiversity and health are inextricably linked. Biodiversity underpins the functioning of the ecosystems on which we depend for our food and fresh water and for regulating climate, floods, and diseases. It is a source of medicines (traditional and modern), supports physical and mental well- being, offers cultural and spiritual enrichment, and contributes to livelihoods, all of which has benefits for health. Indeed, human health is dependent, directly or indirectly on biodiversity-supported ecosystem services (Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity).
The article published in EcoHealth calls for the need to acknowledge the linkage between biodiversity and health and to support holistic approaches with a specific note on human physical, mental and social well-being. The authors further stress the importance of partnerships to generate innovative solutions and influence policy making for a health planet for healthy people.
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