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December 2008

Title: International EcoHealth Forum 2008
Date: December 1-5, 2008
Location: Merida, Mexico
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Purpose: Researchers, policy-makers and practitioners - are invited to share evidence and ideas about EcoHealth approaches. The objective is to learn about improvements in environmental/ecosystem management and community health through concrete experiences on how projects were implemented and outcomes used by policy-makers, other stakeholders, and community representatives. The Forum will provide opportunities for scientists and non-scientists alike to engage with one another about research findings, methodological advances and theoretical developments.
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October 2008

Title: The IUCN World Conservation Congress
Date: October 5-14, 2008
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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Purpose: The Forum is a grand public gathering hosted by the worlds conservation community, bringing together people from all over the world to discuss, share and learn. Addressing the worlds most pressing sustainable development challenges, the Forum offers four days of debates, workshops, dialogues, art and film, roundtable discussions, training courses, music and exhibitions on the following three streams: a new climate for change; healthy environments-healthy people; safeguarding the diversity of life. More than 400 events will take place during the four days of the Forum. About 10% of them are organized by the IUCN Secretariat; the rest run by IUCN members, Commissions and partners. All events aim to share knowledge, to build understanding and consensus, and to form new alliances and partnerships.
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May 2008

Title: Convention on Biological Diversity: Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-9)
Date: May 19-30, 2008
Location: Bonn, Germany
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Purpose: From 19 to 30 May 2008 Germany will host the 9th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. With Germany as chair, the global community will discuss measures against the ongoing destruction of nature over the coming weeks. Time is running out: at the World Summit in Johannesburg, heads of state and government from all over the world agreed to at least slow down the rapid loss of biological diversity by 2010 (2010 target).

The key international instrument for the protection of biological diversity is the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is one of the three agreements under international law that were passed at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The CBD is not a traditional convention on the protection of species. It rather covers the entire area of protection and sustainable use of biological diversity with regard to habitats, species and genes. The political focus is in particular on the protection and sustainable use of forests and marine eco-systems.

However, the agreement also covers a number of less fashionable habitats which are also important for the global balance of nature, such as drylands and inland waters. Furthermore, the CBD has become a major platform to discuss the relationship between the international trading system and multilateral environmental agreements as well as an important instrument to promote the rights of indigenous peoples. Another fundamental aim of the Convention is to create an equitable benefit sharing from the use of genetic resources.

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March 2008

Title: International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases (ICEID)
Date: March 16-19, 2008
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
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Purpose: The conference brought together public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific and public health information on global emerging infectious disease issues. The program included plenary and panel sessions with invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations on emerging infections. Major topics included current work on surveillance, epidemiology, research, communication and training, bioterrorism, and preventions and control of emerging infectious diseases, both in the United States and abroad.
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February 2008

Title: Second International Conference on Health and Biodiversity
Date: February 25 - March 1, 2008
Location: Galway, Ireland
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Purpose: The Second International Conference on Health and Biodiversity, took place from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th February 2008 in Galway, Ireland. The conference aimed to advance dialogue and collaboration across sectors on issues linking biodiversity with human health and well-being, highlighting practical cross-sectoral and holistic approaches to addressing the issues.

COHAB 2 reviewed research and action on the links between health and biodiversity since the first COHAB conference in 2005, and highlighted relevant developments in international and regional policies on biodiversity, public health and the MDGs. The outputs and impacts of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and relationships with other multi-lateral projects on climate change, biodiversity conservation, human development and environmental sustainability were explored.

The conference participants worked to produce a series of evidence-based reports on key issues, for consideration at subsequent multilateral meetings on the environment, health and development. The conference sessions mixed broad discussions with presentations of individual case studies, highlighting examples where ecosystem approaches have been taken to address community health and welfare needs.

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November 2007

Title: Asia-Pacific Eco Health Conference
Date: November 30 - December 3, 2007
Location: Melbourne, Austrailia
Contact: Marika Thomson
Purpose: The focus of the conference is on the interdependence between human health, ecology and sustainability. The features of the Conference include: 1. interactive workshops on integrative thinking and action in areas of social change, environmental futures, action research, community development, professional extension, and strategic planning; 2. presentations that examines 'healthy ecosystems' as a 'setting' for promoting health and sustainability, with a particular emphasis on watersheds; 3. a workshop on "Contemporary ecotherapy in action" showcasing a project as an example of good practice; and 4. a workshop on Climate Change designed to help in developing a practical understanding of the health dimensions of climate change and the political and community adaptations to it. The outcome of the workshop will be the development of a paper that outlines the background to health and climate change and proposes a protocol or set of policy/advocacy actions that will help minimise the health impacts of climate change.
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