This page provides details of reports and publications from the COHAB Initiative Secretariat, COHAB Partners and other organisations. Suggestions for inclusion on this list should be emailed to the Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some recent reports and information from international agencies, governments or NGOs on relevant issues.
A discussion document released for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, June 2012. Issued jointly by the World Health Organisation and the Secretariats of the three Rio conventions (the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Convention to Combat Desertification).
Looks at the connections between global health issues and global environmental change in the context of the Rio Conventions.
This conference, organized by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, took place in November 2011, bringing together over 80 experts: natural and social scientists, policy-makers, practitioners and other stakeholders. The report is available from the conference website.
COHAB Initiative Policy Briefs
Briefs prepared for CBD COP10, Nagoya, Japan, October 2010 (pdf files)
Submission of the COHAB Initiative Secretariat to the Irish Government (Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government) in 2008, ahead of the revision of Ireland's National Biodiversity Plan (due to be published during 2009, delayed till 2011).
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Documents and Decisions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and the Conference of the Parties (COP) referring specifically to health, to the COHAB Initiative, or related processes:
Copies of all reports of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), including full text of the main reports, syntheses and statements, can be freely downloaded directly from the MA website. Links to some key reports and chapters of relevance to the work of the COHAB Initiative are provided here:
"Sustaining Life", published by Oxford University Press in 2008, is the product of a major 5 year collaborative project spearheaded by Dr. Eric Chivian and Dr. Aaron Bernstein at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. Dr. Chivian was one of the key people behind the first COHAB conference in Ireland in 2005, and the Sustaining Life project has been an important inspiration and driver for setting up the COHAB Initiative.
The book is co-sponsored by UNEP, UNDP, IUCN and the CBD Secretariat. It includes contributions from over 100 leading scientists, exploring the ways in which biodiversity and ecosystem services sustain life on Earth, and highlighting the risks which biodiversity loss poses to human health and development.
World Conservation Magazine is is the quarterly publication of the IUCN. Vol. 39 (2009) included a special issue titled: Life Support: Human Health and the Environment. This excellent magazine includes contributions from a number of COHAB Initiative partners including Dr. Eric Chivian of the Centre for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Billy Karesh and Dr. Steve Osofsky of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Dr. Kalemani Jo Mulongoy of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and Dr. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum of the World Health Organisation. The issue highlights the importance of biodiversity to the sustainability of essential ecosystem services, with articles on drug discovery, climate change, and policy initiatives linking health and biodiversity at the global level.