DOI: https://doi.org/10.7203/metode.13.24072

More biodiversity to improve our health: The benefits in human well-being of favouring functional and diverse ecosystems


Abstract


There is ample evidence that contact with nature generates measurable benefits for people’s psychological and physiological health. There is also abundant research showing that well-conserved ecosystems with high levels of biodiversity serve additional functions, including the reduction of risks to human health from animal-borne infections (zoonoses such as COVID-19) or climate change. The United Nations coined the concept of One Health specifically to encourage the multidisciplinary study of human health in a global context of animal, plant, and ecosystem health, enabling progress towards more preventive and effective medicine.


Keywords


biodiversity; ecosystem services; One Health; zoonoses; prevention

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