In the context of the Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), taking place this week and next in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research (PAR), represented by Dr Pablo Eyzaguirre, participated this Thursday 8 October into a side-event on “Framing Biodiversity and Health in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
The side event was organized by the CBD Secretariat jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO), Bioversity International, DIVERSITAS, Ecohealth Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society, Health & Ecosystems, Analysis of linkages (HEAL), United Nations University–Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and TRAFFIC International. It focused on thematic issues included in the advanced draft of the soon-to-be launched State of Knowledge Review on Biodiversity and Human Health, which addresses water and air quality; agricultural biodiversity, food security and nutrition; infectious diseases; microbial communities and non-communicable diseases; physical and mental health and well-being, and the influence of cultural ecosystem services; traditional medicine; and modern medicine and pharmaceuticals.
Dr Eyzaguirre discussed about the importance of biodiversity in agriculture at the ecosystem, species and genetic diversity levels and the implications for human health summarizing the chapter prepared jointly by PAR and Bioversity International on Agricultural Biodiversity and Food Security. The following chapter on Nutritional Security was prepared by FAO, Bioversity International and other organizations.
Closely linked to COP 12 deliberations on the interlinkages between biodiversity and human health, the side event provided an interactive dialogue session between participants and several coordinating authors of the review, with a view to convey a way forward for a shared biodiversity and health agenda.
Source: partly taken from IISD Reporting Services.