Parallel Session 3.4

Shifting Landscapes – Real and Figurative: Understanding How Altered Land Use is Driving Disease Emergence

2 February 2018

13:00 - 15:00 hrs.


From urban growth to natural resource extraction and agricultural intensification, anthropogenic land use change is leaving an indelible mark on the planet. Globally, from 2000 – 2012, net forest cover loss totaled 1.5 million square kilometers, 32% of which occurred in tropical rainforest ecosystems. This radical alteration in our natural environment is contributing to an acceleration in the pace and diversity of vector-borne and zoonotic disease emergence, as humans, their livestock, and wildlife are placed into increasingly greater contact. This session will provide a forum for exploration of the mechanics of land use change-associated zoonotic disease emergence and novel, practical solutions to address this challenge.


  • Understanding the various pathways that are transforming landscapes—from agricultural intensification to extractive industries and infrastructure development—as economically driven
  • Enhanced understanding of the mechanisms through which land use change enables infectious disease emergence and/or re-emergence, including inter-related factors of biodiversity and human population change dynamics
  • Reviewing the data on how various land use scenarios—including fragmentation of wildlife habitats—are linked to both vector-borne and non-vector-borne zoonotic disease transmission dynamics
  • Highlighting proven models for addressing land use-associated disease emergence


Jonathan Epstein

Vice President

EcoHealth Alliance

United States of America


Chadia Wannous

Coordinator and Senior Advisor

Towards a Safer World Network for Pandemic Prepardness (TASW)


Lilis Heri Mis Cicih

Senior Researcher, Lecturer

University of Indonesia


Ohnmar Aung

Project Coordinator

Smithsonian Institution


Serge Morand

Faculty Veterinary Technology

Kasetsart University


Xianyan Tang

Asso. Prof., School of Public Health

Guangxi Medical University



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