As part of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, UNU-IIGH Research Fellow, Cristina Romanelli will lead a 2 hour Knowledge Café on Exploring actions for integrated conservation, health, and sustainable development.
The session aims to identify potential pathways for pragmatic, scalable and interdisciplinary policy solutions fostering biodiversity-health synergies spanning local to global levels which can support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the broader 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The session comprises a set of short presentations by the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity, EcoHealth Alliance, UNEP/GEF and UNU-IIGH, followed by a broader discussion on potential actions for both policy and practice that can be taken forward.
Human health is intimately interconnected with biodiversity and the health of our ecosystems, with a growing understanding of their complex links, shared threats and joint opportunities for maximizing co-benefits. As we move forward with SDGs, the rapidly changing socio-ecological dynamics and anthropogenic pressures are posing new and unprecedented threats to biodiversity and new major health and development challenges which manifest themselves from a local to a planetary scale.
In this context, the aims of the session are:
Partners participating in the session include: IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016, TRAFFIC; UNEP/GEF; World Health Organization; United Nations University-Institute for Advanced Studies; United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health; EcoHealth Alliance, University College London, Biodiversity and Community
For more information about participating please contact: Cristina Romanelli