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25 2 Beyond Wildlife - Biodiversity and Human Health
Document begins: 25 2 Beyond Wildlife Biodiversity and Human Health1 Eric Chivian, Harvard Medical School Human health ultimately depends on the health of other species and on the healthy functioning of natural ecosystems.2 1. INTRODUCTION The relationship of biodiversity to human health has relevance to all eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but it has special and fundamental importance for goals 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7. This chapter provides a few case studies that illustrate these relationships, focusing on goals 4, 5, and 6. It should be said at the outset that while the need to divide the MDG's into distinct categories so that they may be more easily considered and studied is clear, we must also keep in mind that there are 1. The chapter has been adapted by the editor from a background paper prepared for the Equator Initiative meeting `Biodiversity after Johannesburg' held in London, March 3-4, 2003 2. Chivian, E (ed) (2002). Biodiversity: Its Importance to Human Health. http://www.med.harvard.edu/chge/Biodiversity.screen.pdf 26 multiple interconnections and synergies between them that tend to be obscured by such distinctions. In particular, this applies to themes involving health, which affect, and are affected by, all the MDGs. Chapter 2 2. THE ...