At least 60% of emerging infectious diseases are of zoonotic origin.
It is estimated that around 1.7 million currently “undiscovered” viruses exist in mammals and birds, of which up to 827,000 could have the ability to infect people.
Healthy forests are essential to reduce the risks of future zoonotic diseases.
“... We need to focus our attention on the vital role healthy ecosystems play in the prevention of zoonotic diseases. The ‘One Health’ approach, advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and FAO, calls on public health, animal health, plant health, and environment experts to come together to reduce disease transmission risks and improve the health and well-being of all people, wildlife and livestock, and the ecosystems they live in. ...”