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News World Health Day - linking health and biodiversity

Speech by the Executif Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity on the occasion of World Health day 07/04/2015, underpins the link between Health and biodiversity.

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Release date 08/04/2015

Biodiversity underpins dietary diversity and access to sufficient food is a cornerstone of food security and a fundamental determinant of health. The existence of a diversity of genetic varieties and breeds of plant and animal foods, including wild food, can jointly contribute to ecosystem resilience, good nutrition and health. A lack of variety reduces food options for people, which can have a health impact. In this way, global declines in biodiversity in terrestrial, marine and freshwater systems will present major public health challenges particularly in low and middle income countries. The protection of biodiversity therefore can contribute to ensuring better health outcomes around the world.

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