HOST: The International Livestock Research Institute
The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the power zoonoses have to disrupt our economies, public health and food systems. One Health has emerged as an approach for addressing current inadequacies in responses to such global health crises, as well as playing an important role in addressing and mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss. An important component of One Health is the environment, and as part of this, healthy landscapes and ecosystems.
This panel will highlight why those advocating a landscape approach should pay greater attention to landscape health and its relationship with animal (livestock and wildlife) and human health. This promotes a situation where the whole (One Health) has greater value than the sum of its parts (human, livestock, environment/landscape health), and thus is better placed to address the global challenges we face. If landscape policies and investments continue to be made without such a lens, they will miss opportunities to contribute to addressing the biggest challenge of our time.