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Issue Brief

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Pandemics and Population
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Population and Pandemics: How Human Activities Increase the Risk of Zoonosis

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The coronavirus pandemic highlights how the overuse of Earth’s natural systems poses a risk to human health and well-being. Without changing the way people produce food and energy, population growth drives deforestation, habitat loss, and climate change. Together, these processes amplify the threat of infectious disease outbreaks. This info brief explores the links between human activities and zoonosis and highlights the role of integrated developmental approaches like One Health and Nature-based Solutions (NbS) in reducing the risk of new disease emergence and creating better health outcomes for people and the planet.

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