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 success of the workshop.
This workshop has provided 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, in national health plans (iii) strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (iv) identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs), national health strategies and (NPJAs) under the Libreville Declaration and (v) promote transboundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies. The workshop was held in English, French and Portuguese.