“We are at war.” In order to rally French people in the fight against Covid-19, President Emmanuel Macron did not hesitate to use this military metaphor. But what exactly is this war and what can be done to win it? It appears to be linked to another conflict, one where humanity has pitted itself against nature for too long. A conflict characterized by the destruction of biodiversity and our environment, and one which has ultimately backfired against communities that are suffering from increasing inequalities. These are just a few of the issues that have been covered by ID4D over the past few months, available this week.
What are the environmental origins of pandemics such as COVID-19? Why are they going to become more and more frequent? In this first article of a series devoted to the links between COVID-19 and the environment, agronomists Julien Calas and Léa Lugassy, together with economist Étienne Espagne, take us back to the environmental origins of the current health crisis.
In just a few years, illegal pangolin trade originating in Nigeria has boomed. For Chervine Oftadeh, a strong, coordinated response to this issue could save this near-extinct species, protect global health and contribute to the country’s development.
China claims it is on track to containing the Covid-19 outbreak. If this is indeed true, it is a turning point on the health front, and would signal the victory of the “Chinese model” over the virus, at a time when the West is overwhelmed by the effects of the crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned into a global human and health crisis, but also a socioeconomic one. Anda David, Hélène Djoufelkit and Salomé Mançon, from the Research Department of the Agence Française de Développement, give a point-by-point account of the recent impending inequalities.
From July 20 to 14 August 2020, ID4D is taking a break. This provides an opportunity to look back at some of the common themes covered in our publications since last summer. Women’s rights, the Covid-19 outbreak, the current situation in the Sahel, the “world of tomorrow” and much more … Happy reading, and have a great summer!