Video: Coordinator discusses climate change and disease emergence
Following his keynote speech at a session dedicated to breeding and protecting crops and livestock at the Climate-Smart Agriculture Global Science Conference earlier this year, EDENext coordinator Renaud Lancelot has given an interview discussing the impact of climate change on emerging infectious diseases.
In the interview, Renaud, who is Deputy Director of the Emerging and Exotic Animal Disease Control Joint Research Unit at CIRAD and leads the epidemiology team, discusses the emergence of infectious diseases and the difficulties of establishing direct links with climate change. For Rift Valley fever, for example, changing rainfall patterns have played a role in its emergence rather than any increase in average temperatures.
He also discusses one of the indirect consequences of climate change, with the concentration of people in large cities driving an enormous demand for animal products. This is increasing trade between cities around the Gulf of Guinea, for example, and inland production areas, raising the possibilities of disease emergence.
He also reports on the role institutes such as CIRAD can play in improving the resilience of national and regional animal and human health networks, pointing to Morocco's success in rapidly halting an outbreak of peste des petits ruminants (PPR, also known as goat plague) after long-standing collaboration with CIRAD, including the provision of education and professional training.
Watch the video (available in French) below (click arrow to play):