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EcoHealth

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 292-299

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From Manaus to Maputo: Toward a Public Health and Biodiversity Framework

  • Cristina RomanelliAffiliated withSecretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme Email author 
  • , Carlos CorvalanAffiliated withPan American Health Organization and World Health Organization
  • , H. David CooperAffiliated withSecretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme
  • , Lucien MangaAffiliated withWorld Health Organization Regional Office for Africa
  • , Marina MaieroAffiliated withWorld Health Organization
  • , Diarmid Campbell-LendrumAffiliated withWorld Health Organization

Abstract

The linkages between human health, biodiversity, ecosystems, and the life-supporting services that they provide are varied and complex. The traditional neglect of this nexus by policy-makers perpetuates threats posed to ecosystems with potentially critical impacts on global health. The Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Health Organization recently co-convened two regional workshops on these intricate but vital linkages. From discussions held with policy-makers and experts in the biodiversity and health sectors, spanning some 50 countries in Africa and the Americas, we derive a broad framework for the development of national and regional public health and biodiversity strategies relevant to strategic planning processes in the emerging post-2015 development context.

Keywords

biodiversity capacity-building ecosystem services post-2015 development agenda health sustainable development