Joining the dots - understanding the complex interplay between the values we place on wildlife, biodiversity conservation, human and animal health: A review.

Ryser-Degiorgis, Marie-Pierre; Pewsner, Mirjam; Angst, C (2015). Joining the dots - understanding the complex interplay between the values we place on wildlife, biodiversity conservation, human and animal health: A review. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 157(5), pp. 243-253. Huber 10.17236/sat00018

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The value of wildlife has long been ignored or under-rated. However, growing concerns about biodiversity loss and emerging diseases of wildlife origin have enhanced debates about the importance of wildlife. Wildlife-related diseases are viewed through these debates as a potential threat to wildlife conservation and domestic animal and human health. This article provides an overview of the values we place on wildlife (positive: socio-cultural, nutritional, economic, ecological; and negative: damages, health issues) and of the significance of diseases for biodiversity conservation. It shows that the values of wildlife, the emergence of wildlife diseases and biodiversity conservation are closely linked. The article also illustrates why investigations into wildlife diseases are now recognized as an integral part of global health issues. The modern One Health concept requires multi-disciplinary research groups including veterinarians, human physicians, ecologists and other scientists collaborating towards a common goal: prevention of disease emergence and preservation of ecosystems, both of which are essential to protect human life and well-being.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Center for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)

UniBE Contributor:

Ryser, Marie Pierre and Pewsner, Mirjam

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lucia Gugger-Raaflaub

Date Deposited:

20 Apr 2016 14:35

Last Modified:

20 Apr 2016 14:35

Publisher DOI:

10.17236/sat00018

PubMed ID:

26753340

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.80181

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80181

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