15–17 November, 2005
A Workshop in the People's Republic of China
Beyond Zoonoses: One World – One Health,
The Threat of Emerging Diseases to
Human Health, Agriculture and Conservation:
Implications for Public Policy
A three-day workshop devoted
to mapping out the links among animal health, human health, conservation
and policy, and to identifying creative approaches to protecting
the health of people, animals, and ecosystems.
"Monkey pox," "SARS," "Ebola"
and "avian influenza" are now household words. In Asia,
avian influenza has challenged food security and undermined economic
growth across the region. In the face of crises like these, untested
efforts to control the spread of the disease have had severe negative
impacts on and implications for conservation and human livelihoods,
turning nature into a perceived threat to public health. In a world
where public health is an international security concern, all parties
need to take a careful look at how people and governments react
to new and emerging disease outbreaks.
This workshop will review situations from around Asia
and elsewhere where incursions into forests, dietary choices, an
enormous trade in wildlife involving markets densely packed with
live animals from around the globe, and other alterations of relationships
between humans, domestic animals and the natural world have altered
the ecology of pathogens and their potential hosts, sometimes with
Today, a localized disease outbreak can quickly spread
globally, and the economic impacts can undermine efforts to reduce
poverty and strengthen food security. We are in an era of "one
health," and our global institutional arrangements urgently
need to recognize and address this reality. The purpose of this
symposium is to take a holistic and multidisciplinary look at the
"missing links" in terms of how the world is currently
addressing new and emerging zoonotic diseases in the context of
public health andenvironmental stewardship.
Can a more proactive and collaborative approach to
disease prevention than we have seen to date be created, one involving
partnerships between wildlife health professionals and other conservationists,
domestic animal health monitoring agencies, private industry, and
the public health sector?
A first step on that path, this workshop proposes
through a review of recent outbreaks of zoonotic disease and policy
response to assess where the priorities of conservation and public
health conflict, and where they align. More specifically, it will
1. Bring together experts from public health, agriculture,
and natural resource sectors to explore how health issues transcend
2. Identify examples where sound conservation activities
and policies contribute to animal and human health at the local,
regional, and global scales.
3. Identify examples where sound animal and human
health policies and practicies contribute to conservation success
at the local, regional, and global scales.
4. Assess whether the public health issues warrant
better regulation of the international trade in wildlife.
5. Determine next steps for strengthening linkages
and collaboration among agencies and organizations working with
human and agricultural health and natural resource management.
6. Identify the legislation, regulation, agreements,
or policies needed to fill gaps in promoting health and conservation
at a global scale.