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25 2 Beyond Wildlife - Biodiversity and Human Health

Eric Chivian


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.

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 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.

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  • IIED code: G00432
  • Published: Mar 2002
  • Theme: Governance
  • Language: English

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