How can local actions inspire a European vision for One Health implementation?

How can local actions inspire a European vision for One Health implementation?

How can local community-led initiatives inspire a European vision for One Health implementation?

 

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Community-led initiatives on sustainability such as eco-villages, transition networks, or permaculture movements, often serve as stewards of the earth, recognising that human and planetary health are really one and the same thing. ECOLISE's Time for Collective Action Manifesto (French version here) - the outcome of a two-year deliberative process with over 900 participants - emphasises the need to catalyse such local movements, triggering social change towards strong sustainability. Transformative change is especially relevant when it comes to economic systems, which need to integrate planetary health as the guiding principle, but also in democracy, where nature needs to have a place at the decision-making tables. This roundtable will showcase successful examples of local citizen-led initiatives on planetary health and discuss how to connect local initiatives with larger policy frameworks such as the European Green Deal.

The event is in English with French subtitles.

Moderator & speaker:

- Nina Klein, Policy Lead at ECOLISE

Speakers: 

- Academic Representative: Céline Bertrand, Environment Unit, Scientific Society of General Medicine (SSMG)/ Cellule Environnement, Société Scientifique de Médecine Générale (SSMG)  (BE)

- Lothar Boeykens, Representative of “Conseil Nature’, a local citizen-led initiative in Wallonia (BE) which aims to prepare the ground for the EU's Nature Restoration Law and give nature a voice in local councils in Wallonia (BE)

Goals: 

  • Highlight the significance of the upcoming European elections (6-9 June) as a critical make or break moment for the European Green Deal 

  • Show the connection between local citizen-led initiatives and the One Health/ Planetary Health concept, with a focus on the good practice case of the Conseil Nature (conseil-nature.be) (Wallonie/ BE).

  • Inform about ECOLISE's ongoing campaign centred around the Time for Collective Action Manifesto targeting the European elections.

Contact: Nina Klein, nina.klein@ecolise.eu

 

Background: 

One Health day (in person and online) on the 22nd April at the 

"Rêve Général" festival (Liège, Wallonia/ BE)

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of "One Health" has been circulating, embracing the health of humans, animals, plants and ecosystems. It's an inspiring vision, but how can we make it a reality in our daily lives?
This online round table is organised by ECOLISE - the European Network for Citizens' Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability as part of the "Rêve Général" Festival (Liège, Wallonia/ BE): It proposes to discuss local initiatives such as the "Conseil Nature" (conseil-nature.be) a citizens' initiative that aims to give nature a voice in local councils in Wallonia/Belgium in order to draw lessons and inspiration to guide policies.
The festival is taking place under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and as part of the One Health Initiative of the University of Liège.
The round table is part of a day dedicated to exchange and inspiration around the One Health concept on Monday April 22. On this day, through a rich and varied program the festival invites you to explore the intersections between human, animal and environmental health, for a more sustainable future. 

What is "One Health"?

An integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimise the health of people, animals and ecosystems. It recognizes that the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment (including ecosystems) are closely linked and interdependent.” - for more information see this link: https://www.biodiversity.be/6011/ 

More information on the Belgian national "One Health" approach:

Preventing Zoonotic Disease Emergence (Prezode) expert group: Policy recommendations: “Belgian One World One Health Vision Towards Prevention of Zoonotic Disease Emergence A paradigm shift from response to deep prevention” (Nov 2023):  https://www.biodiversity.be/6013/download

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