COVID-19 is the tip of the syndemic – globallandscapesforum

The new coronavirus pandemic, hopefully leaving us, has brought much of the world to a halt, disrupting entire food systems and the global economy and putting tens of millions out of work. But this is not the only storm humanity is braving.

 

We are actually faced with a ‘syndemic’ or synergy of epidemics – crises that share root causes and reinforce each other, hitting the world’s shores as one mighty tsunami. Think biodiversity loss, climate change, land degradation, massive population displacements and socioeconomic inequality. And now, a new zoonosis has emerged that has already infected at least 4 million people and killed around 300,000 after passing from wild animals to humans.

 

The disintegration of natural habitats is making it easier for viruses to jump from their animal hosts to people, and around 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are now zoonoses. The list is sobering: COVID-19, Ebola, Marburg, SARS, MERS, Lassa hemorrhagic fever and HIV to name a few. It has long been acknowledged that our health is intimately linked to that of wildlife, livestock, plants and the environment as a whole – it is ‘One Health’. However, unsustainable and overuse of lands and natural resources are undermining the capacity of ecosystems to support human well-being. Hence the ‘syndemic’.

 

So, what is next?

We must fundamentally change the way we produce, consume and live, and the Landscape Approach is one of the tools that can help us ‘build back better’ from the ground up. The theory and practice, which is sweeping across the globe, is to balance competing land use demands such as urbanization, farming and biodiversity conservation in a way that is best for people and the environment they depend on. It means creating solutions adapted to local contexts and that are sustainable on the environmental, economic and social fronts –and many of us see it as the best chance of advancing the ‘One Planet, One Health’ notion. It may be our last chance.

 

In the last decade, a growing number of communities, corporations, governments and organizations from the World Bank to the United Nations to the world’s leading scientific institutions, have joined forces to pioneer the Landscape Approach in their territories and their investments. With its roots in ecological conservation, the approach takes a holistic lens to any landscape – the Serengeti, the Andes, or Indonesia’s vast peatlands – and generates and negotiates multiple benefits across sectors. Balancing competing interests is not easy, but there is a wealth of scientific evidence and practical experience that can provide guidance on how to use shared lands and resources, responsibly.

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