Public Seminar on Biodiversity and Community Health: Strengthening Linkages

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  • 2013•11•20     Kuala Lumpur

    On 18 November 2013, Dr. Suneetha M Subramanian talked on the topic of ‘Biodiversity and Community Health: Strengthening Linkages’ at a public seminar organized at UNU-IIGH.

    Dr. Subramanian is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the UNU-Institute of Advanced Studies and has worked on economic and policy issues related to utilization of biological resources.

    During the seminar, Dr Suneetha highlighted the need to link access to good health at affordable cost for people living in remote or economically disadvantaged situations, using available resources, knowledge, skills and capacities from within their local context. This includes the skills and capacities related to knowledge of health practitioners at the community level, (both formally and non-formally trained) and biological and abiotic resources.

    Although the benefits of including the non-formal sector to achieve various health and development related targets are tangible and significant, there is a need for more comprehensive approaches to integrating them into public health care and conservation policies. This is because the benefits can be contextually relevant – in terms of health, conservation and livelihood security at the level of local communities (people who share an ecosystem and inherent resources).

    Moreover, such an approach directly ties into various intergovernmental resolutions that speak to living in harmony with nature, access to good quality health care and similar development objectives.

    The seminar explored the synergies and outcomes from linkages between biodiversity and community health, and highlighted some approaches being taken to address issues that arise in the interface of the seemingly different goals.

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