Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of knowledge review published on 4 June by the Convention on Biological Diversity and World Health Organization.
The report, Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health, launched on 4th June 2015 focuses on the complex and multi-faceted connections between biodiversity and human health, and how the loss of biodiversity and corresponding ecosystem services may negatively influence health. Chapter 5 (lead co-authors Toby Hodgkin, PAR Coordinator and Danny Hunter, Bioversity International and PAR) deals specifically with agricultural biodiversity and food security and Chapter 6 with biodiversity and nutrition.
Read press release: Loss of biodiversity impacts human health, says CBD and WHO
Download the report: Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health