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Publication | 20 June 2022

IPBES workshop report on biodiversity and pandemics

The scientific evidence reviewed in this workshop report demonstrates that pandemics are becoming more frequent. Their underlying causes are the same global environmental changes that drive biodiversity loss and climate change. These include land-use change, agricultural expansion and intensification, and wildlife trade and consumption. They bring wildlife, livestock, and people into closer contact, allowing animal microbes to move into people and lead to infections, sometimes outbreaks, and more rarely into pandemics.