Call to Restore Urban Biodiversity, Post COVID-19 Pandemic

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Billions of individuals utilizing the Earth’s resources and altering or damaging environments are not just developing the international ecological and environment crisis, however likewise jeopardizing human health and long-lasting survival of our types, professionals alert in an open letter to world leaders.

The #HealthyHealing effort, signed by more than 4500 health specialists from 90 nations, prompts G20 Presidents and Prime Ministers to enact laws and money jobs to make it possible for eco-friendly remediation for much better human health as part of their stimulus bundles in the consequences of COVID-19.

One of the co-signatories, the Adelaide-based Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative (HUMI) research study group, is carrying out a rearguard of research study to support these important efforts.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic shows, global health systems are struggling to cope with the burden of disease, with scientists and health experts connecting public health interventions with ecological restoration, including for improved air quality and soil health,” states HUMI member, Flinders University researcher Dr. Martin Breed in a brand-new paper in EcoHealth.

“An action plan to restore ecosystems for human health is imperative, and the COVID-19 pandemic presents a great opportunity to kickstart a real paradigm shift in global efforts,” states Flinders ecology speaker Dr. Breed, who is likewise a professional observer for the WHO Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health.

“We now mostly live in biologically-impoverished cities, and our demand for environmental resources has led to this global environmental crisis,” he states.

“Ecological remediation is a plainly recognizable path to take on a few of our most vital obstacles, as it ends up being progressively clear that the human and eco-friendly health crises are totally linked.

“Improved understanding of the links between ecological restoration and human health will catalyze important investments into this most fundamental of public health interventions, which will likely result in environmental and health gains that pay generational dividends.”

HUMI was developed in 2016, and is a UN-backed effort that looks for to bring back the immune-restorative power of biodiverse green areas in cities to make the most of human health gains.


Reference: “Ecosystem Restoration: A Public Health Intervention” by Martin F. Breed, Adam T. Cross, Kiri Wallace, Keith Bradby, Emily Flies, Neva Goodwin, Menna Jones, Laura Orlando, Chris Skelly, Philip Weinstein and James Aronson, 23 June 2020, EcoHealth.
DOI: 10.1007/s10393-020-01480-1

Participating groups consist of the ARC Centre for Mine Site Restoration, Curtin University; People, Cities and Nature, University of Waikato NZ; Gondwana Link, WA; Healthy Landscapes Group and School of Natural Sciences, University of Tasmania; EcoHealth Network; Economics in Context Initiative and School of Public Health, Boston University U.S.A.; Public Health Dorset UK, School of Public Health, University of Adelaide; and Missouri Botanical Garden, U.S.A..

‘We have witnessed first hand how fragile communities can be when their health, food security and freedom to work are interrupted by a common threat. The layers of this ongoing tragedy are many, and magnified by inequality and underinvestment in public health systems. We have witnessed death, disease and mental distress at levels not seen for decades.’ – From the #HealthyHealing open letter to world leaders

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