Sustainability managing and restoring ecosystems while securing positive well-being and biodiversity outcomes in the face of global pandemics and health-risks is a major challenge. An increasing number of studies confirm that environmental and animal health are intertwined with human health, even if the ideas underlying this reality have not gone mainstream in public health approaches. Stakeholders of the Biodiversity for Health and Pandemic Prevention MPTF work to improve the general understanding of these links and support decision makers and relevant actors in using evidence to help prevent future pandemics and enhance planetary health. The 'One Health' model involves strengthening systemic approaches to disease risk monitoring at the landscape level, inclusive of ecological circumstances, as well as socio-economic, political, and legal “blind spots.”
Pandemic prevention requires building more sustainable and resilient agriculture, food, forestry, and fishery systems, as well as strengthening biodiversity conservation and ecosystem restoration to augment the planet's natural buffer functions. Stakeholders catalyze integrated policymaking, evidence-based action on the ground, and capacity development across sectors at local, national, regional, and international levels. In doing so, collectives foster “One Health” approaches that fully integrate contextualized environmental dimensions to prevent future pandemics. These approaches lead to more holistic policy making through the provision of evidence that strengthens links between biodiversity, climate, and health.
Collective action shows how cross-sector approaches can integrate new and existing measures to prevent the next pandemic. Critical components supported by the Fund include the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Global Action Plan on Biodiversity and Health, SDGs 3, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17, and strengthening existing (or creating new) One Health institutional structures at regional and national levels and linking these to efficient networks bound by the 'One Health' approach.
Theory of change
Results are driven by solid partnerships, use of tested approaches, and the sharing of information/data across networks to further catalyse action. One Health approaches recognize and mainstream biodiversity and climate change as central determinants of human and animal health and wellbeing.
By effectively taking preventative measures against the emergence of infectious diseases and the risk of pandemics health systems and policy makers commit to focusing on long-term pandemic prevention through collaboration with environment-related sectors, which have the capacities and resources to integrate disease prevention in the planning, management and implementation of conservation and sustainable-use policies and actions.
Trust Fund outcomes actively contribute to implementing the Global Action Plan on Biodiversity and Health of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) while initiatives are distilled through four work areas—evidence, actions, and policies, enabling conditions, lasting collaboration, and governance—to ensure better flexibility within each. All are complementary and involve cross-sector and geographic aspects to ensure broad collaboration and mutual learning from global to regional, national, and community levels.