Conference Aims

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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