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Connecting global priorities – Biodiversity and Human Health

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The State of Knowledge on the Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Human Health is an upcoming flagship publication covering all relevant issues related to the connections between biodiversity and community health. It is based on a collaborative effort of the BaCH Initiative partner the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and builds upon the expertise and experience of over 100 leading scientists, medical practitioners, and indigenous and local community representatives. Each chapter and its key messages have undergone separate global peer review processes open to 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as relevant organizations and indigenous and local community members.

The book will be launched soon at the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkatta, India in February 2015. Join the event today to learn about the interlinkages between biodiversity and human health and parks. The event will inform and inspire the environment, protected areas and health sectors to synergise efforts and to jointly embark on a new global agenda for healthy ecosystems and healthy people in support of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Use the opportunity to engage in discussions with some of the lead authors and contributors of these publications and to be part of the final consultation of the book.

Read more about the event here: Connecting Global Priorities – Biodiversity and Human Health

This event is hosted by Parks Victoria, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from Deakin University, US National Park Service and Harvard School of Public Health’s Centre for Health, and the Global Environment.

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Parks, People, Planet connections with Biodiversity and Community Health

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The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is taking currently taking place in Sidney bringing together around 4000 delegates from over 160 countries. This year’s congress is themed Parks, People, Planet: Inspiring Solutions and will showcase the essential role and diverse benefits of protected areas for people and communities. Hence, partners of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative such as the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Equator Initiative and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study for Sustainability (UNU-IAS) are actively engaged to highlight the relevance of parks for health and human well-being at large.

Here are some of the relevant events on biodiversity and community health

Connecting Global Priorities – Biodiversity and Human Health

The State of Knowledge Review on the Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Human Health is an upcoming flagship publication covering all relevant issues related to the connections between biodiversity and community health. It is based on a collaborative effort of the BaCH Initiative partner the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and builds upon the expertise and experience of over 100 leading scientists, medical practitioners, and indigenous and local community representatives. Each chapter and its key messages have undergone separate global peer review processes open to 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as relevant organizations and indigenous and local community members.

The book will be launched soon at the 14th World Congress on Public Health in Kolkatta, India in February 2015. Join the event today to learn about the interlinkages between biodiversity and human health and parks. The event will inform and inspire the environment, protected areas and health sectors to synergise efforts and to jointly embark on a new global agenda for healthy ecosystems and healthy people in support of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Use the opportunity to engage in discussions with some of the lead authors and contributors of these publications and to be part of the final consultation of the book.

Read more about the event here: Connecting Global Priorities – Biodiversity and Human Health

This event is hosted by Parks Victoria, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from Deakin University, US National Park Service and Harvard School of Public Health’s Centre for Health, and the Global Environment.

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Linking Traditional Medicine, Good Healthcare Access and Conservation

This session will not only highlight the connections between human and environmental health but further showcase innovative initiatives and best practices protecting ecosystems and producing positive impact on public health. Building on a diverse set of expertise the event highlights further trends in global health and environmental policies and potential links between them. Join the interactive session and engage with key speakers from two BaCH Initiative partners the SCBD and UNU-IAS as well as other leading institutions such as Parks Victoria, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area National Parks Service, the Scottish Natural Heritage, the Natural Heritage Services Finland, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and VicHealth.

Details: Stream 3 – Improving Health and Well-Being; Session 11, Hall 3B1 Home Room, Saturday, November 15th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

For further information see here

From Global to Local: Linking Local Conservation Objectives and Local Business Potentials Through Access and Benefit Sharing

This interactive session brings together leading stakeholders from multiple sectors including UNU-IAS to discuss the relevance of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and local conservation. Through three expert inputs the event aims to shed light into the provisions of the Nagoya Protocol which are relevant for the IPLCs, ways on how ABS can be used as a tool to create links between community based business and biodiversity conservation as well as identify avenues for the multi-beneficial implementation of ABS at the local level. Join the event and engage in a multi-disciplinary panel discussion with some of the leading stakeholders.

The event is hosted by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative and funded by:

WIN and Pacific Community Dialogue Pavilion at the IUCN World Parks Congress

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The Equator Initiative – a key partner of the Biodiversity and Community Health (BaCH) Initiative – is a partnership that works to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. It is a multi-sector partnership – bringing together the United Nations, governments, civil society organizations, and academic institutions –committed to shining a spotlight on local sustainable development success, and to advancing environment and development strategies that are informed by the needs, capabilities and transformative potential of community-based groups.

WIN, WORLD NETWORK OF INDIGENOUS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LAND AND SEA MANAGERS

One of the Equator Initiative’s key areas of work is WIN. WIN brings together indigenous and local community land and sea managers to share their knowledge and practices in managing ecosystems, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable livelihoods. The network responds to a growing demand from indigenous and local communities for a mechanism to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and alliance building.

WIN PRE-WORLD PARKS CONGRESS WORKSHOP

Prior to the opening of the World Parks Congress indigenous and local community land and sea managers did participate in a three day pre–conference workshop titled, Communities conserving nature and culture— A gathering among indigenous peoples and local communities from five continents to be held in the Blue Mountains. The workshop is organized by the ICCA Consortium, Equator Initiative’s WIN, UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme, the Kimberley Land Council and other Australian and international partners. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences in establishing and managing protected areas in their territories and to prepare for the WPC.

THE WIN and PACIFIC COMMUNITY DIALOGUE PAVILION AT THE SIXTH IUCN WORLD PARKS CONGRESS (WPC)

The WIN and Pacific Community Dialogue Pavilion is co-hosted by the Equator Initiative’s WIN and IUCN Oceania with the support of other interested partners. Thanks to the partnership with IUCN Oceania a Pacific thematic focus will be seen throughout the week.

The community dialogue includes a mix of expert led sessions, events such as films and book launches and capacity development workshops like a three-dimensional community mapping training. The pavilion is designed to look like a community space that is “owned” by the participants. As participants will be engaging in the thematic WPC official streams it will also be a place to return to – to share their learning from the official discussions. The pavilion will run parallel to the official congress and a fruitful exchange is expected between the discussions at the pavilion and those in the congress. The pavilion is open to all thereby WPC participants/guests are welcome to join in the dialogue discussions and trainings.

Find out more about the events at the pavilion here

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