Landscape Dynamics and the Control of Infectious Diseases: The Question of Integrating Health into Coviability

  • Serge MorandEmail author
  • Claire Lajaunie


The increasing number of emerging infectious diseases over the past few decades can likely be explained by a loss in biodiversity. Deforestation and forest fragmentation on large spatial scales represent major threats to biodiversity and species interactions, particularly in a biodiversity hot spot like Southeast Asia. Biodiversity appears as a source of pathogenic diversity, but biodiversity loss is a source of epidemics, at least at a national level. At local levels conflicting results emerged on the supposed role of biodiversity in regulating the epidemiology of diseases. In this chapter we investigate (i) the origins and consequences of the potential impacts of land use changes for the spread and emergence of infectious diseases, (ii) what the likely ecological mechanisms are, and (iii) how a new framework was embedded in the ecosystem services’ approach (iv) the various gaps in knowledge impeding the full implementation of (iii) and (v) the lack of explicit reference to coviability.


Biodiversity Land use Land cover Infectious diseases Ecosystem services Disease regulation 



This study was funded by the French ANR CP&ES, grant ANR 11 CPEL 002 BiodivHealthSEA (Local impacts and perceptions of global changes: Biodiversity, health and zoonoses in Southeast Asia).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS – The French National Center for Scientific ResearchParisFrance
  2. 2.CIRAD – The French Agricultural Research Centre for International DevelopmentParisFrance
  3. 3.Kasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  4. 4.INSERM, DICE-Ceric, International, Comparative and European Law, UMR 7318 CNRSAix-Marseille UniversityAix-en-ProvenceFrance

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