10 March 2023


The risk of pandemics is rising, with five new emergent diseases discovered each year. Our unchanged pattern of biodiversity habitat destruction has led to a 30% upsurge in emerging diseases since 1960, according to the Biodiversity and Pandemics report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2020.

The relationship between the health of the planet and that of animals and people, which is the focus of the “One Health Approach,” will be explored in a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). It will be led by Professor Serge Morand, of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de recherche scientifique, CNRS). The renowned French ecologist will lay out the concepts, data and methodologies available globally, giving concrete examples from sites designated by UNESCO, notably biosphere reserves. The MOOC will begin on 3 April 2023, and will take place over 10 weeks . ...”