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The Wildmeat and Health nexus: use and trade in times of COVID 19


The Wildmeat and Health nexus: use and trade in times of COVID 19

Mon, July 11, 10:30 - 12:30 hrs, Room: 304


Nathalie van Vliet, Robert Nasi

We investigate the links between wildmeat and human health, with a particular lens on the impacts of COVID-19 on the use and trade of wildmeat.

The COVID 19 has had un-precedent impacts at simultaneous times on diverse sectors of local and national economies, with severe changes on access to markets, income and movements of people. This global crisis raised attention to animal–human interactions and also impacted the way people use wildlife for food. Wildlife contributes to food security, health and nutrition across tropical forest regions among rural and urban people. However, the world community now views local wildlife markets with considerable scepticism and even disdain, since the likely origin of COVID 19 is zoonotic and a general public opinion has formed that the initial infection occurred in a market, although there is some evidence to the contrary. Besides a few theoretical papers speculating on the potential effects of COVID19 on the use of wildlife, there is limited evidence from the field on the actual impacts of the pandemic on the use and trade of wildlife across the tropics. In this symposium, we present examples from South America and Central Africa to describe the changes in the use and trade of wildlife for food during the pandemic.

Impacts of COVID-19 on wildlife conservation
Tacyana Oliveira* and Rômulo Alves

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the use of wildlife as food in ethnic communities in South America
ERIC CUESTA RIOS*, Nathalie van Vliet, SIMON QUINTERO and Timothy Williams

Possible impacts of wildmeat trade bans on indigenous and local communities
Robert Nasi and Julia Fa*

The vulnerability and resilience of wild meat value chains during the COVID-19 pandemic
francis masse*

Human behavioural change and the wild meat trade after Ebola and COVID-19 in West Africa
Stephan Funk*, Stephanie Ajong, Geoffrey Akani, Nio Amadi, Aida Cuni-Sanchez, Daniele Dendi, Massimiliano Di Vittorio, Edem Eniang, Fabio Petrozzi, Moses Sainge, Luca Luiselli and Julia Fa

Behaviours and Food Safety Practices that Shape Exposure to Zoonotic Diseases along the Wild Meat Trade Chain
Nathalie van Vliet*


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