Correlations between loss of biodiversity and global pandemics
The current rapid and dramatic spreading of COVID-19 opens again the debate on the loss of biodiversity as a contributing cause for global pandemics.
Urgent solutions have been introduced to decelerate the risk of infection among humans in a short- and medium-term. More long-term solutions can be put in place if habitats and ecosystems can be protected and taken into account within risk provisions. In fact, it is increasingly being accepted that biodiversity is not to be considered as a mere source for resources: its conservation is an indispensable premise for human health, healthy ecosystems and for the functioning of the economy.
Below you can find a selection of recent publications in English dedicated to the correlation between the loss of biodiversity and the danger of pandemics. This overview will regularly be updated and is not exhaustive.
- UN Environment Programme, Coronaviruses: are they here to stay?
- Zakri Abdul Hamid, Nature is calling, how will you respond? The Straits Times. Zakri Abdul Hamid is a senior fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and founding chair of IPBES.
- Moreno Di Marco, Opinion: Sustainable development must account for pandemic risk. .
- Damian Carrington, Coronavirus: 'Nature is sending us a message’, says UN environment chief. The Guardian. Damian Carrington is Environment Editor of the Guardian.
- Paul Polman, ‘This is a wake-up call. We must live within our planetary boundaries to avoid future pandemics'. Ethical Corporation. Paul Polman is co-founder of Imagine, vice-chair of the UN Global Compact, and chairman of the International Chambers of Commerce.
- John Vidal, 'Tip of the iceberg': is our destruction of nature responsible for Covid-19? The Guardian.
- Daniel Mira-Salama, Coronavirus and the ‘Pangolin Effect’: Increased exposure to wildlife poses health, biosafety and global security risks. World Bank Blogs. Daniel Mira-Salama is environmental specialist at the World Bank.
- Sonia Shah, Think Exotic Animals Are to Blame for the Coronavirus? Think Again. The Nation. Sonia Shah is a science journalist and author.
- John Scott, How biodiversity loss is hurting our ability to combat pandemics. World Economic Forum. John Scott is Head of Sustainability Risk, Zurich Insurance Group.
- Jayashree Nandi, Scientists link outbreaks such as Covid-19 to biodiversity loss. hinudstantimes. Jayashree Nandi is an Environment journalist.
- UN Environment Programme, Coronavirus outbreak highlights need to address threats to ecosystems and wildlife.