A healthy ecosystem is our natural capital! We could not live without it. Biodiversity is the key indicator of the health of our ecosystem.
We see that world population is projected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. This creates an increasing pressure to provide adequate healthcare, food and water for us.
Therefore, application of the One Health approach is really valuable to keep the ecosystem healthy.
Nearly 75 percent of all emerging human infectious diseases in the past three decades originated in animals (zoonotic diseases), especially wildlife.
The principal drivers for the emergence of the zoonotic diseases are associated with human activities, including changes in ecosystems and land use, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, deforestation, intensification of agriculture, use of antibiotics and pesticides, urbanisation, destruction of the wildlife and international travel and trade.
I know that a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach is needed to ensure animal, human, and environmental health that covers environmental and ecosystem health, social sciences, ecology, wildlife, land use, and biodiversity.
Keep ecosystem healthy for tomorrow!