ABCG News: Developing Synergies at the Intersection of Human Health and Biodiversity Conservation: Lessons Learned from an Integrated Population, Health, and Environment Approach in Cameroon and Tanzania

 

 

On August 16, 2017, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) presented the interim results from two pilot studies to integrate PHE guidelines into biodiversity conservation, as well as key findings from a comprehensive literature review on cross-sector linkages between PHE, nutrition, and food security in its presentation titled, Advancing an Integrated Vision that Incorporates Health Outcomes into Biodiversity Conservation.

 

 

ABCG’s thematic working group on Global Health Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation: Population, Health and Environment (PHE) provides methodological guidance to advance a vision that incorporates health outcomes into biodiversity conservation and sustainable development by employing PHE guidelines to identify and develop synergies between critical ecosystem services, and human health and well-being. Click here to view the PHE Factsheet.

 

 

PHE working group members presented 1) an analysis of existing integrated PHE approaches, their achievements, and lessons learned thus far from pilot sites in Southeastern Cameroon and Western Tanzania. Activities explored interrelationships and interdependencies in PHE, by combining actions to reduce deforestation, improve food and nutrition security and conserve watersheds.

 

 

The meeting commenced with opening remarks by Rebecca Goodman, ABCG’s Coordinator. Nathalie Simoneau, Senior Gender and Inclusion Specialist at World Wildlife Fund (WWF), then shared progress on pilot activities in Southeastern Cameroon, followed by reports from Kimberly Holbrook, Manager of External Affairs in the Africa Region at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Alice Macharia, Director of Africa Programs at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) (remotely), on their respective activities in Western Tanzania.

 

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