Healthy – with the diversity of nature

Biological diversity serves human health and wellbeing in a variety of different ways. Diverse natural landscapes provide recreation areas for the benefit of body, mind and soul. These enhance our quality of life – not least by means of tourism and therapy programmes.

In the form of plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms, biodiversity also forms the basis for many medicinal substances, many of which are still being discovered today. Biodiversity also provides the foundation for the functioning ecosystems that ensure the availability of fresh water, fertile soil and clean air.

Thus, in the two-year period covering 2017 and 2018, the UN Decade on Biodiversity will focus on the exemplary engagement shown in four key health and biodiversity areas:

  • Medicines from nature.
  • Recreation areas and activities in nature and outdoors.
  • The healing power of nature.
  • Natural resources as a basis for health.



Symposium "Healthy - with the diversity of nature"

On 19 June 2018, the symposium "Healthy - with the diversity of nature" took place in the VKU Forum in Berlin. The conference is linked to the priority issue of the UN Decade on Biological Diversity in 2017 and 2018.

The conference was organized by the office of the UN Decade in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). The supporters included the German Spas Association e.V., the German Olympic Sports Confederation e.V. (DOSB), the German Hiking Association e.V. (DWV), the health insurance AOK (Federal Association) and the Kneipp Association e.V.

The conference addressed representatives from the fields of biodiversity and nature conservation as well as health and health promotion (including spas and health resorts, prevention and rehabilitation, sports and exercise, health tourism).

Apart from its functions in networking of the stakeholders, the focus of the one-day event was above all the exchange of experiences on how nature and biodiversity can be linked to the topics of health and well-being. Suggestions for practical use were given by introductory speeches, a panel discussion and examples of good practise.

Read the complete article here.

Find the program of the symposium here.



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Flyer on the Focus Topic 2017/2018
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