Biodiversity and health: Lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference to advise Southeast Asian research, society and policy

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

12 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
JournalInfection, Genetics and Evolution
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016

Fingerprint

Biodiversity
human health
Ecosystem
biodiversity
education and training
Health
Southeastern Asia
Research
South East Asia
ecosystems
ecosystem
education
Cambodia
Economics
emerging diseases
capacity building
Capacity Building
Education
zoonoses
ecosystem service

Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Evolution
  • Science-policy interface
  • Southeast Asia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology (medical)

Cite this

Biodiversity and health : Lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference to advise Southeast Asian research, society and policy. / Walther, Bruno Andreas; Boëte, Christophe; Binot, Aurélie; By, Youlet; Cappelle, Julien; Carrique-Mas, Juan; Chou, Monidarin; Furey, Neil; Kim, Sothea; Lajaunie, Claire; Lek, Sovan; Méral, Philippe; Neang, Malyne; Tan, Boon Huan; Walton, Catherine; Morand, Serge.

In: Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Vol. 40, 01.06.2016, p. 29-46.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Walther, BA, Boëte, C, Binot, A, By, Y, Cappelle, J, Carrique-Mas, J, Chou, M, Furey, N, Kim, S, Lajaunie, C, Lek, S, Méral, P, Neang, M, Tan, BH, Walton, C & Morand, S 2016, 'Biodiversity and health: Lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference to advise Southeast Asian research, society and policy', Infection, Genetics and Evolution, vol. 40, pp. 29-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.meegid.2016.02.003
Walther, Bruno Andreas ; Boëte, Christophe ; Binot, Aurélie ; By, Youlet ; Cappelle, Julien ; Carrique-Mas, Juan ; Chou, Monidarin ; Furey, Neil ; Kim, Sothea ; Lajaunie, Claire ; Lek, Sovan ; Méral, Philippe ; Neang, Malyne ; Tan, Boon Huan ; Walton, Catherine ; Morand, Serge. / Biodiversity and health : Lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference to advise Southeast Asian research, society and policy. In: Infection, Genetics and Evolution. 2016 ; Vol. 40. pp. 29-46.
@article{40b1301393c84e5789b262047b9c442c,
title = "Biodiversity and health: Lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference to advise Southeast Asian research, society and policy",
abstract = "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.",
keywords = "Antibiotic resistance, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Evolution, Science-policy interface, Southeast Asia",
author = "Walther, {Bruno Andreas} and Christophe Bo{\"e}te and Aur{\'e}lie Binot and Youlet By and Julien Cappelle and Juan Carrique-Mas and Monidarin Chou and Neil Furey and Sothea Kim and Claire Lajaunie and Sovan Lek and Philippe M{\'e}ral and Malyne Neang and Tan, {Boon Huan} and Catherine Walton and Serge Morand",
year = "2016",
month = "6",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.meegid.2016.02.003",
language = "English",
volume = "40",
pages = "29--46",
journal = "Infection, Genetics and Evolution",
issn = "1567-1348",
publisher = "Elsevier",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Biodiversity and health

T2 - Lessons and recommendations from an interdisciplinary conference to advise Southeast Asian research, society and policy

AU - Walther, Bruno Andreas

AU - Boëte, Christophe

AU - Binot, Aurélie

AU - By, Youlet

AU - Cappelle, Julien

AU - Carrique-Mas, Juan

AU - Chou, Monidarin

AU - Furey, Neil

AU - Kim, Sothea

AU - Lajaunie, Claire

AU - Lek, Sovan

AU - Méral, Philippe

AU - Neang, Malyne

AU - Tan, Boon Huan

AU - Walton, Catherine

AU - Morand, Serge

PY - 2016/6/1

Y1 - 2016/6/1

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Antibiotic resistance

KW - Biodiversity

KW - Ecosystem services

KW - Evolution

KW - Science-policy interface

KW - Southeast Asia

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84959331714&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84959331714&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.meegid.2016.02.003

DO - 10.1016/j.meegid.2016.02.003

M3 - Article

C2 - 26903421

AN - SCOPUS:84959331714

VL - 40

SP - 29

EP - 46

JO - Infection, Genetics and Evolution

JF - Infection, Genetics and Evolution

SN - 1567-1348

ER -