WCC 2016 Res 064 - Progress Report

General information
IUCN Constituencies implementing this Resolution
IUCN Members: 
Parks Victoria / Australia
US Department of the Interior (National Park Service) / United States of America
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Commission on Education and Communication 2017-2020 (CEC)
IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas 2017-2020 (WCPA)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Yes
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
World Urban Parks
Implementation
Indicate which actions have been carried out to implement this Resolution : 
Convene stakeholders/Networking
Education/Communication/Raising awareness
Policy influencing/advocacy
Describe the results/achievements of the actions taken: 
Activity reports detailing an impressive suite of contributions by Parks Victoria, US National Parks and a partnership of mainly Australian counterparts have been submitted. In particular, these activities have focused on raising awareness, both within government and across sectors, as well with the general public including visitors to parks of the important linkages between the conservation of nature and human health and well-being. At the policy level, submissions to the World Health Organisation, collated by Parks Victoria, have been included in revised policy and strategy.

IUCN, with the support of the WCPA Specialist Group on Health and Well-being, as well as many of the proponents of this resolution, prepared a policy brief on Biodiversity and Human Health and Well-being to inform IUCN's position on the issues contemplated at the Seventy-First World Health Assembly resulting in a resolution on biodiversity and health linkages and a broad programme of action, as well as at the Convention on Biological Diversity's 14th Conference of the Parties that resulted in a comprehensive decision COP/DEC/1/4 on Health and Biodiversity. See external links below.

The Conference of the Parties to the CBD has considered established an interagency liaison group on biodiversity and human health, co-convened by the Secretariat and the World Health Organization, and including a member of the IUCN Council among other core members. In particular, priority has been given to disseminating the State of Knowledge Review, and developing toolkits and good practice guidelines to apply the “One Health” Approach.
What challenges/obstacles have been encountered in the implementation of this Resolution and how were they overcome : 
Working across sectors is a major challenge, but the WHA and CBD decisions pave the way for greater collaboration.
Briefly describe what future actions are needed for the implementation of this Resolution: 
The major needs are at two levels: to translate the policy frameworks at the level of the CBD and WHA into a programme of action; and secondly to activate the relevant actors at the level of nature conservation agencies globally to build on and expand the application of the experience in Australia more widely.
Status of implementation
Status of implementation for this Resolution: 
Initiated: first stages of implementation
Additional information
Are these actions planned for yet: 
No