Protecting forests during a pandemic
Protecting our natural forests is important to safeguarding human well-being and health. It can also prevent future pandemics. The case of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a heightened level of urgency as regards planetary health, is taking a heavy toll on our forests. The EU-funded PlanetHealth project will explore the effects and mechanisms of the COVID-19 crisis on forest dynamics. For instance, changes in economic incentives are measured with global crop suitability maps, global crop price fluctuations and geocoded survey data. Project findings will shed light on the impact of COVID-19 on deforestation. The project’s results will assist conservation strategies by investigating the dynamic relationship between health, global shocks and forest losses.
Fields of science
Call for proposal
See other projects for this call