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Title: Biodiversity and health: Lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference to advise Southeast Asian research, society and policy
Authors: Bruno Andreas Walther
Christophe Boëte
Aurélie Binot
Youlet By
Julien Cappelle
Juan Carrique-Mas
Monidarin Chou
Neil Furey
Sothea Kim
Claire Lajaunie
Sovan Lek
Philippe Méral
Malyne Neang
Boon Huan Tan
Catherine Walton
Serge Morand
Taipei Medical University
Emergence des Pathologies Virales
CIRAD Centre de Recherche de Montpellier
Kasetsart University
Fondation Mérieux
Institut Pasteur du Cambodge
Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine
University of Health Sciences
Fauna & Flora International
Unite de Recherche sur les Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales emergentes
Universite de Toulouse
Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier III
Ecoland Research Centre - Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development Dangkor district
National University of Singapore
University of Manchester
Centre d'Infectiologie Christophe Mérieux du Laos
Mahidol University
Keywords: Agricultural and Biological Sciences;Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Immunology and Microbiology
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2016
Citation: Infection, Genetics and Evolution. Vol.40, (2016), 29-46
Abstract: © 2016 Elsevier B.V. Southeast Asia is an economic, biodiverse, cultural and disease hotspot. Due to rapid socio-economic and environmental changes, the role of biodiversity and ecosystems for human health ought to be examined and communicated to decision-makers and the public. We therefore summarized the lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference convened in Cambodia in 2014 to advise Southeast Asian societies on current research efforts, future research needs, and to provide suggestions for improved education, training and science-policy interactions. First, we reviewed several examples of the important role of ecosystems as 'sentinels' in the sense that potentially harmful developments for human health become first apparent in ecosystem components. Other ecosystem services which also benefit human well-being are briefly summarized. Second, we summarized the recommendations of the conference's roundtable discussions and added recent developments in the science-policy interface. The recommendations were organized along five themes: Ethical and legal considerations; implementation of the One Health approach; education, training, and capacity building; future research priorities; and potential science-policy interactions. While the role of biodiversity for human health needs further research, especially for zoonoses and emerging diseases, many direct and indirect benefits to human health are already apparent, but have yet to filter down to the science-policy interface in order to influence legislation and enforcement. Therefore, efforts to strengthen the interface in Southeast Asia should become a high priority in order to strengthen the health and resilience of Southeast Asian societies.
ISSN: 15677257
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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