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Promoting Human Health through the Global Biodiversity Framework: Linking Forests and Human Health in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) explicitly recognizes the interlinkages between biodiversity and health, referencing One Health as an overarching consideration for all targets.  Forests are a key ecosystem for conservation and restoration, home to approximately 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Promoting the connection between forest health and human health can help conserve and restore forests by mobilizing support from both the health and conservation communities. 

This document highlights the crucial interlinkages between forest ecosystems and human health, underscoring forests’ pivotal role in enhancing biodiversity and promoting public health. Amidst the backdrop of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, the brief delves into the myriad ways forest conservation and restoration can positively impact human health.