One Health in Practice: Solutions for Healthy People in Biosphere Reserves

Learn about the frameworks used to visualize ecosystem resilience solutions under the One Health approach.


SDG3: Good health and well-being for people
SDG15: Life on land
climate change
disease prevention

The risk of pandemics is growing rapidly, with more than 5 new diseases emerging in people every year. About 70% of emerging diseases (e.g. Ebola, Zika, Nipah encephalitis), and almost all known pandemics (e.g. influenza, HIV/AIDS, COVID-19), are zoonoses - i.e. are caused by microbes of animal origin.

The loss and degradation of biodiversity undermines the web of life and increases the risk of disease spillover from wildlife to people. Land-use change, including deforestation, human settlement in primarily wildlife habitat, the growth of crop and livestock production, and urbanization, exacerbated by climate change, caused the emergence of more than 30% of new diseases reported since 1960, according to the IPBES Pandemics Report (2020). Therefore, countries should conserve biodiversity also as a key environmental determinant of human health.

Drawing lessons and reflecting on challenges from UNESCO Biosphere reserves, Professor Serge Morand presents the latest knowledge and management approaches developed under the One Health approach.

Target Audience

UNESCO designated sites’ staff, including site management authority, managers, and their staff

State Agencies in health and environmental management

Professionals who work in related fields (biodiversity, health, zoonoses, governance, disease prevention)

Students interested in the key concepts and practices of the One Health approach.

Policymakers in public and private organizations

Learning Objectives

  • Scientific concepts linking healthy ecosystems to healthy communities;
  • Tools and frameworks to visualize solutions to restore ecosystem for resilience;
  • Good practices and innovative solutions from resilient territories (from UNESCO Biosphere reserves);
  • Knowledge, tools and frameworks to create better governance that protect territories against emerging risks.