The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is an international agreement established by the United Nations. Its aim is to preserve biological diversity around the world. Belgium became a CBD member during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, in 1992.
The CBD has three main objectives: to conserve biodiversity, to enhance its sustainable use and to ensure an equitable sharing of benefits linked to the exploitation of genetic resources.
The Convention puts much emphasis on the exchange of information and the cooperation between countries. To help these processes, the CBD has set up an international network of partners called the Clearing-House Mechanism (CHM). This website contributes to the CHM network by illustrating what Belgium is doing in the framework of the CBD.
The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform are co-organising a two-day
One World One Health Conference on 3-4 December 2019 on the impacts of wildlife trade at global and local level
Given the broad scale of the issue, the conference will focus on two specific trades occuring in Belgium:
DAY 1: the bushmeat trade (3 Dec. 2019)
DAY 2: the trade in exotic reptiles and in amphibians (4 Dec. 2019)
The objectives of the conference are:
- to provide scientific information on the impacts of the bushmeat trade and the trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians
- to discuss recommendations for further actions at Belgian and European level in a view of reaching a more sustainable trade of wildlife
Relevance: This conference stems from the observation that the interactions between, and the relative contributions, of different types of human activities have unclear contributions on current and future biodiversity loss unclear for most researchers. This is largely due to the fact that very few publications compare the effects of these different activities in the same model, and since all these activities have been growing exponentially since 1850, they all correlate well with the quantifications of biodiversity loss.
One Health aims to integrate a variety of expertise, including fields concerned with human and animal health, environment, nature, biodiversity, social and economic sciences, and anthropology.
One Health is gaining increased attention, recognition, conceptualizations and challenges, both in the realm of science, policy and society. The aim of the One Health Belgium network is to support collaboration, capacity building and communication among Belgian actors
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