oneHEALTH (formerly ecoHEALTH)

A landscape in Sabah, Malaysia cleared for an oil palm plantation. Land use change is one of the leading drivers of disease emergence. Photo: W.B. Karesh

oneHEALTH, formerly ecoHEALTH, explores the links between global environmental change and health for the planet and society. There is growing understanding around the ways human-mediated environmental changes (e.g. land use change, wildlife trade, deforestation, climate change, human migration) significantly affect the health of wild and domestic animals, plants, and humans, resulting in both infectious and non-communicable diseases. By exploring the economics of emerging diseases, relationship between infectious diseases and biodiversity, impacts of climate change and demography on health, and ways to leverage health considerations to address underlying drivers of conservation threats, the oneHEALTH project seeks to understand the health implications of current and anticipated global environmental change to identify solutions to promote both human health and ecosystem integrity.

ecoHEALTH was launched by DIVERSITAS, an international research programme on biodiversity science. Future Health became a core project of Future Earth in August 2014.

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