TITLE: The promises of the One Health concept in the age of anthropocene
SPEAKER: dr Aneta Afelt, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw | Espace-DEV, IRD – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France
DATE&TIME: Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 4:00 PM (CEST)
In May 2019 an article was published: Anthropocene now: influential panel votes to recognise Earth’s new epoch situating at the stratigraphy of Earth’s history a new geological epoch – the domination of human influence on shaping the Earth’s environment. When humans are a central figure in an ecological niche it results in massive subordination and transformation of the environment for their needs. Unfortunately, the outcome of such actions is a robbery of natural resources. The consequences are socially unexpected – a global epidemiological crisis. The current COVID-19 pandemic is an excellent example. It seems that one of the most important questions of the anthropocene era is how to maintain stable epidemiological conditions for now and in the future. The One Health concept proposes a new paradigm – a deep look at the sources of our well-being: our relationship with the environment. Our health status is interdependent with the well-being of the environment. It is clear that the socio-ecological niche disturbance results in the spread of pathogens. Can sustainable development of socio-ecological niches help us?
Let’s take a look at the results!
ANETA AFELT: Aneta Afelt, PhD, is a geographer working in the area of health geography. Her interest in research is the One Health concept, where environment, epidemiology and epizootiology are considered as interconnected processes located in social-ecological niches. She shows in the research results that the destruction of ecosystems results inepidemiological consequences. She works at the Interdisciplinary Center for Mathematical and Computational Modeling of the University of Warsaw, Poland, and is currently a Guest Researcher at Espace-DEV, IRD – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Montpellier, France. She is also a member of the scientific committee for Covid-19 of the Ministry of Science in Poland and a scientific consultant of the European Research Agency for actions dedicated to Covid-19.
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