Biodiversity and Health

Biodiversity and Health

Linking Life, Ecosystems and Societies

1st Edition - November 22, 2017

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  • Authors: Serge Morand, Claire Lajaunie
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481154
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011676

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There is a gap between the ecology of health and the concepts supported by international initiatives such as EcoHealth, One Health or Planetary Health; a gap which this book aims to fill. Global change is accelerated by problems of growing population, industrialization and geopolitics, and the world’s biodiversity is suffering as a result, which impacts both humans and animals. However, Biodiversity and Health offers the unique opportunity to demonstrate how ecological, environmental, medical and social sciences can contribute to the improvement of human health and wellbeing through the conservation of biodiversity and the services it brings to societies. This book gives an expansive and integrated overview of the scientific disciplines that contribute to the connection between health and biodiversity, from the evolutionary ecology of infectious and non-infectious diseases to ethics, law and politics.

Key Features

  • Presents the first book to give a broad and integrated overview of the scientific disciplines that contribute to health
  • From evolutionary ecology, to laws and policies, this book explores the links between health and biodiversity
  • Demonstrates how ecological sciences, environmental sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences may contribute to improve human health


Students and researchers in the fields of biodiversity, ecology and evolution of diseases, animal and human health, evolutionary medicine and anthropology of health and medicine, as well as a broader audience from conservation ecology and policies. Policy-makers, applied researchers and non-governmental organizations involved in environmental management, conservation, and health policies as well as rural development

Table of Contents

  • 1. A Brief History on the Links between Health and Biodiversity
    2. Biodiversity, Cultural Diversity and Infectious Diseases
    3. Loss of Biological Diversity and Emergence of Infectious Diseases
    4. Loss of Biodiversity and Emergence of Non-infectious Diseases
    5. Anthropogenic Stress
    6. Biodiversity Response
    7. Animal and Human Pharmacopoeias
    8. Well-being
    9. Ecosystem Services for Health and Biodiversity
    10. Biodiversity and Health Scenarios
    11. Governance of Biodiversity and Health
    12. Ethics, Values and Responsibilities
    13. The Role of Law, Justice and Scientific Knowledge in Health and Biodiversity

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 22, 2017
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481154
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011676

About the Authors

Serge Morand

Serge Morand is an evolutionary ecologist and field disease ecologist working in rural Southeast Asia on the impacts of land use and biodiversity changes on disease transmission.

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Claire Lajaunie

Claire Lajaunie is a legal researcher who investigates the linkages between biodiversity and health through the study of Global Environmental Law, governance and the associated ethical issues.

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