2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress: Integrating conservation, sustainable development and health

  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•09•04    11:00 - 13:00

    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:

    • to convene a diverse and interdisciplinary group of experts to stimulate the debate on the most pressing conservation issues of our time by addressing critical knowledge generated at these intersections, and engaging in meaningful dialogue
    • to identify next steps and the practical implications of this harnessed knowledge for all governments, peoples, groups and sectors.

    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