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8 April 2013
The regional workshop on the inter-linkages between biodiversity and human health for Africa was held in Maputo, Mozambique from 2 to 5 April 2013. The workshop was co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the generous financial support of the Government of Japan and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ). The meeting was opened by the Permanent Secretary of Mozambique on 2 April 2013.
In total, 56 participants attended including government-nominated experts from 24 African countries representing Ministries of Environment and Ministries of Health. Several experts from national, regional and international organizations also contributed to the great success of the workshop.

February 8, 2013

The World Health Organization (WHO) and SCBD welcome proposals from interested experts working in the WHO region in Africa to deliver a presentation at a Regional Workshop on Interlinkages between Biodiversity and Health for Africa to be held from 2-5 April 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique. Interested experts are invited to submit an abstract of 250-400 words covering one or more of the following themes of the Workshop, no later than 22 February 2013:
1. Zoonotic and vector-borne diseases
2. Traditional medicine and indigenous knowledge
3. Gender health and natural resource management as it pertains to water and food systems
Abstracts should sent to Marina Maiero at the WHO (maierom@who.int) and Cristina Romanelli at the CBD Secretariat (cristina.romanelli@cbd.int). Additional information can be found here

January 25, 2013

The 2013 Prince Mahidol Awards Conference (PMAC) will be held from 28 January to 2 February 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. PMAC is an annual conference that highlights how infectious diseases continue to threaten the health and well-being of the world, and the opportunity we have to more successfully counter these threats in the future through a more strategic approach to global health preparedness.
The SCBD’s Dr. David Coates  will be a panelist in a parallel event on “Ecosystems, Wildlife and One Health” which was dedicated to broadening the discussion around One Health and creating an opportunity to hear perspectives from ecologists, biologists, and the conservation or natural resource management community, as well as gaining further insights from the food security and biomedical perspective. The session served as an opportunity for the biomedical One Health community to share with ecologists and the natural resource community, how their contributions can significantly improve efforts to address infectious disease management and prevention. The full program is available here.

December 28, 2012

The regional workshop on the inter-linkages between biodiversity and human health for Africa will be held in Maputo, Mozambique from 2-5 April 2013. The workshop will be co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, World Health Organization (WHO), The WHO regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) with the generous financial support of the Government of Japan and the the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ). More information on the workshop is available on the regional workshop portion of the health website.
This workshop will provide a forum for Parties and experts from the health and biodiversity sectors to (i) discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan, in particular as it relates to health issues (ii) discuss regional best practices in terms of incorporating biodiversity and health considerations in national and regional biodiversity conservation programmes (iii) strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan (iv) identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and (v) promote transboundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies.
17 October 2012


The International Association for Ecology and Health (IAEH) held its 4th Biennial Conference in Kunming City, China on 15-18 October 2012. The EcoHealth 2012 Conference addressed global, regional and local landscapes and human health under the theme “Sustaining Ecosystems, Supporting Health." On 17 October 2012, Ms. Cristina Romanelli from the SCBD connected live from the CBD eleventh Conference of the Parties meeting in Hyderabad, India to the EcoHealth 2012 international discussion forum entitled “Global Processes Linking Ecology and Health – What Role for EcoHealth?” Discussions notably highlighted Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the importance of connecting social and natural sciences, the relevance of the One Health approach, and the role of students in EcoHealth. It was also noted that each of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 goals and many of the Aichi Targets can be achieved by actions that focus on both the health of people and an ecosystem approach to biodiversity conservation. Additionally, the forum featured a broad range of WHO-CBD collaborative projects including the first Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Human Health and Biodiversity and the recent report Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future launched by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health  Organization, at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012. This forum will also contribute to the development of both the IAEH and the EcoHealth 2012 Conference Position Statements. The full program for the EcoHealth 2012 conference is available here, and additional information is available on the EcoHealth website.
15 October 2012

The Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO), launched 15 October 2012 at COP 11 in Hyderabad, India, is a global assessment of the links between urbanization, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Combining science and policy, scientists from around the world have analyzed how urbanization and urban growth impacts biodiversity and ecosystems, delivering key messages on the conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources to decision-makers. Cities, local authorities and sub-national governments have showcased their practices on sustainability and biodiversity, and have the opportunity to learn from existing experiences how to incorporate those topics in their agendas and policies. Key Message 4 deals specifically with health, stating that "Maintaining functioning urban ecosystems can significantly improve human health and well-being." Please consult the CBO website for additional information.

10 October 2012

The new Healthy Planet, Healthy People Guide explores the links between human health and biodiversity in the context of development and poverty reduction, and compliments a range of resources that are available in the Biodiversity for Development Toolbox. The Healthy Planet, Healthy People Guide was launched in Hyderbad, India at COP 11 on 10 October 2012. This Guide aims to raise awareness of the interdependence between biodiversity and human health, as well as highlight a range of case studies and offer key messages. A  wide range of topics are covered in the Guide, including climate change, disease, natural and synthetic medicines, mental health, nutrition and water management. Additional resources are also made available on these topics and more throughout the Guide.
4 -6 September 2012

The first regional workshop on the inter-linkages between biodiversity and human health for the Americas was held in Manaus, Brazil from 4-6 September 2012. The workshop was co-hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), with the generous financial support of the Government of Japan, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) and the Ministry of Health of Brazil. In total 52 participants from 26 countries participated in this first regional workshop. More information is available on the workshop from both the regional workshop portion of this website and from PAHO (in Portuguese).

22 June 2012

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), launched the report, Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future. Human Health and the Rio Conventions: Biological Diversity, Climate Change and Desertification, on 21 June at the Rio+20 conference. The report reviews the scientific evidence for the linkages between health and biodiversity, climate change and desertification, the representation of health in the corresponding Rio Conventions, and the opportunities for more integrated and effective policy. The WHO report was drafted together with the secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The CBD press release for the launch of the report is available here.
The Ecohealth IAEH Press release is available here.