EcoHealth Alliance is a global non-profit organization dedicated to protecting both human and animal health from emerging infectious diseases. They achieve this through research, education, and capacity building programs focused on the One Health approach, which recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health.
EcoHealth Alliance and IUCN have a strong and collaborative relationship. IUCN, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, is the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. Both organizations share a commitment to protecting biodiversity and promoting sustainable development.
Here are some key aspects of their partnership:
- IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Wildlife Health Specialist Group (WHSG): EcoHealth Alliance manages the WHSG, a network of over 300 wildlife health experts from around the world. The WHSG provides critical advice and support on wildlife health issues to IUCN and its members.
- One Health principles: Both organizations are strong advocates for the One Health approach, which recognizes that the health of humans, animals, and ecosystems are inextricably linked. They collaborate on projects and initiatives that promote One Health principles, such as the development of guidelines for wildlife disease risk analysis.
- Policy and advocacy: EcoHealth Alliance and IUCN work together to influence policy and decision-making at the international, national, and regional levels. They advocate for policies that protect both human and animal health, as well as the environment.
Here are some specific examples of their collaboration:
- One Health principles for sustainable tourism in protected and conserved areas: EcoHealth Alliance and IUCN co-authored a report on this topic, which provides practical guidance for tour operators and other stakeholders on how to implement One Health principles in their operations.
- IUCN-OIE Guidelines to Wildlife Disease Risk Analysis: EcoHealth Alliance provided technical and editorial support for the development of these guidelines, which are a valuable resource for governments, wildlife managers, and land-use planners.
The partnership between EcoHealth Alliance and IUCN is essential for protecting both human and animal health from emerging infectious diseases. By working together, these organizations can make a significant impact on the health of our planet and its inhabitants.