On 15 November 2014, UNU-IAS and the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) will be co-organising the side event Improving Health and Wellbeing – Healthy Parks Healthy People at the IUCN World Parks Congress to be held in Sydney, Australia.
A large number of people in developing and developed countries rely on traditional practices to maintain health, improve wellbeing or treat illness. These practices include medicines, foods and ecosystem/geographically linked diets, access to sacred and healing landscapes and, importantly, practitioners who are aware of the differential benefits of resources and ecosystems. These factors are also linked to issues of inadequate access to healthcare for people who are economically disadvantaged.
This interactive session will include case study presentations, research and knowledge sharing, and discussion. The relevance of traditional medicine, especially in the context of parks and protected areas, will be examined along with the benefits of fostering diverse partnerships to help overcome challenges in promoting such practices.
Cnr Showground Rd &
Murray Rose Ave
Sydney Olympic Park,