IPBES Workshop on Biodiversity and Pandemics: Workshop Report   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Preamble: "The IPBES [Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services] Bureau and Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, in the context of the extraordinary situation caused by the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, and considering the role that IPBES can play in strengthening the knowledge base on biodiversity, decided that IPBES would organize a 'Platform workshop' on biodiversity and pandemics, in accordance with the procedures for the preparation of IPBES deliverables, in particular decision IPBES-3/3, annex I, section 6.1. on the organization of Platform workshops. This workshop, held virtually on 27-31 July 2020, provided an opportunity to review the scientific evidence on the origin, emergence and impact of COVID-19 and other pandemics, as well as on options for controlling and preventing pandemics, with the goal to provide immediate information, as well as enhance the information IPBES can provide to its users and stakeholders in its ongoing and future assessments. [...] The workshop brought together 22 experts from all regions of the world, to discuss 1) how pandemics emerge from the microbial diversity found in nature; 2) the role of land-use change and climate change in driving pandemics; 3) the role of wildlife trade in driving pandemics; 4) learning from nature to better control pandemics; and 5) preventing pandemics based on a 'One Health' approach."

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IPBES Workshop on Biodiversity and Pandemics. July 27-31, 2020
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