SESSION DETAILS

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

ROOM :

TBC

BACKGROUND :

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.

OBJECTIVES :

  • 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

Moderator

Peter Daszak

President

EcoHealth Alliance

United States of America

Speaker

Tim Meinke

Senior Infectious Disease and Science Advisor

United States Agency for International Development

Indonesia

Ohnmar Aung

Project Coordinator

Smithsonian Institution

Myanmar

Xianyan Tang

Lecturer, School of Public Health

Guangxi Medical University

China

Serge Morand

Faculty Veterinary Technology

Kasetsart University

Thailand

Chadia Wannous

Senior Advisor

UNISDR

Switzerland

Documents

Documents: PS3.4 Shifting Landscapes – Real and Figurative: Understanding How Altered Land Use is Driving Disease Emergence
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