Biodiversity targets, SDGs and health: a new turn after the coronavirus pandemic?

Claire Lajaunie, Serge Morand

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Abstract

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, we invite readers to a reflection over the aim and use of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the determination of the new biodiversity targets in relation to health issues. Starting with a brief overview of the initiatives to consider health and the environment in the international arena before the adoption of SDGs, we show how the pandemic shed a new light on the need for research on the interlinkages of human and animal health and environmental changes. We examine underlying elements of the dialogue between science and policy, then we suggest considering SDGs as tool for the service of the environment, wellbeing and justice. We advocate for the translation of planetary health principles into action, together with the consideration of planetary boundaries, to redefine an adaptive environmental law for the sake of social justice and the health of the planet.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4353
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • adaptive environmental law
  • biodiversity
  • boundary-spanning
  • environment
  • health
  • interdisciplinarity
  • intersectoriality
  • justice
  • planetary boundary
  • planetary health
  • SDGs

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