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Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) at CBD COP13

5-14 December 2016 | Cancún, Mexico

Highlights for Saturday, 10 December 2016

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The sixth day of the Rio Conventions Pavilion continued under the theme 'Sustainable Food Systems for Biodiversity, Nutrition and Health '

IISD Reporting Services - RCP at CBD COP 13 On Saturday, 10 December, the Rio Conventions Pavilion (RCP) convened under two themes. The first theme, Sustainable Food Systems for Biodiversity, Nutrition and Health, was organized by the CBD, International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). FAO, UN Environment (UNEP), United Nations University-Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) were contributing organizers.

The second theme, Linking Public Health and Ecosystem Management: A One Health approach, was organized by EcoHealth Alliance, with, as contributing organizers, GEO BON, Future Earth, World Health Organization (WHO), IUCN, and Concordia University, Canada.

The first session provided a forum for participants to: explore co-benefits for the environment, biodiversity and health to promote sustainable and healthy food systems and diets; discuss successful strategies; and make recommendations on the transition towards sustainable and healthy food systems. Participants addressed: using biodiversity to achieve climate smart food systems, nutrition and human health; mainstreaming biodiversity for nutrition and climate change; sustainable, climate-resilient food systems for biodiversity, nutrition and health; and the TEEB AgriFood Framework and Systems Approach.

The second session was aimed at exploring the links between forests and health, including risk factors, planning approaches and preventive measures, and identifying priorities for knowledge products that can be developed under the 2030 development agenda. Participants considered A One Health approach to linking public health and ecosystems: and integrating health and biodiversity monitoring. They also discussed tools and initiatives to assess ecosystem health, the global governance of invasive species, and how to increase synergies between biodiversity, climate action and health.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary report from RCP at CBD COP 13. A summary of the Rio Conventions Pavilion events is available in HTML and PDF.

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Biodiversity for achieving climate smart agriculture for food security and human health


Panel speakers during the session


David Cooper, Deputy Executive Secretary, CBD

Cristina Romanelli, CBD Secretariat



Irene Hoffman, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)

Salman Hussain, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)



Balakrishna Pisupati, UN Environment (UNEP)

Cristina Tirado, International Union of Nutritional Sciences


Participants Maikut Chebet, Uganda, and Toby Hodgkin, Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, engage with the panel


Participants during the session


Linking public health and ecosystems: A One Health approach


Panel speakers during the session


Daniel Hougendobler, World Health Organization (WHO)

Laetitia Navarro, Executive Director, Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)


Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, EcoHealth Alliance/IUCN

Peter Stoett, Concordia University, Canada

Catherine Machalaba, EcoHealth Alliance


The youngest participant engages in the discussion


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Specific funding for coverage of RCP at CBD COP 13 has been provided by the European Union (EU)
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