Health

TEEB Report Highlights the Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands [viewed]

1 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched the report "The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands." The report urges a major shift in attitudes towards wetlands, to recognize their value in delivering water, raw materials and food, as well as their role in maintaining people's livelihoods and the sustainability of the world's economies.

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EEA 2013 Work Programme to Address Freshwater, Biodiversity, Land Use, SCP [viewed]

28 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released its “Annual Management Plan 2013,” which outlines the EEA work programme that will address a broad range of issues including: biodiversity; freshwater; marine environment; ecosystems; environment and health; sustainable consumption and production (SCP); land use; and agriculture and forests.

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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Event: CBD Workshop on the Inter-Linkages between Human Health and Biodiversity in Africa [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the WHO regional office for Africa, this regional capacity-building workshop will provide a forum for parties and experts from the health and biodiversity sectors to: discuss the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, in particular as it relates to health issues; discuss regional best practices in terms of incorporating biodiversity and health considerations in national and regional biodiversity conservation programmes; strengthen capacity and identify further capacity needs for the implementation of the Strategic Plan; identify possible joint activities to achieve health and biodiversity co-benefits for consideration in national biodiversity strategies and action plans; and promote trans-boundary/regional cooperation and support networks on health and biodiversity issues and strategies.  

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Event: 81st General Session of the World Organization on Animal Health [viewed]

The 81st Session of the World Organization on Animal Health (OIE) will consider recommendations forwarded by the OIE Regional Commissions, and discuss technical issues including modern approaches and the use of new technologies for the control and eradication of aquatic and terrestrial animal diseases that fully consider animal welfare and minimize the impact on food security.  

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Last Update of 2012 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of our knowledgebases on 7 January 2013. Thank you for your support during 2012.

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OECD Biotechnology Forum Discusses Achievements, Promise of Life Sciences [viewed]

OECDNovember 2012: The Biotechnology Research and Policy Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences took place on 12 November 2012, in Paris France. The Forum considered, among other issues, risks related to emerging pathogens in the environment, and opportunities and challenges in marine biotechnology.

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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World Bank/GEF Projects Improve Water and Sanitation Services in Zhejiang Province, China [viewed]

World Bank - GEF6 November 2012: The World Bank has reported on two projects that were supported jointly with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and helped improve access to safe and reliable water for 2.5 million people in Ningbo City and increase wastewater treatment from 10% to 65.4% for one million people in Cixi City, in China.

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