Forests and Human Health Stories

  • From Forest To Market

    Zoonotic diseases are a stark reminder of how humans and nature are connected. While we can't predict where the next spillover will happen, we are able to identify the combination of factors that increase risk.

    An illustrated scene with leaves and branches with the sillouhette of a coronovirus in the middle
  • “One Health” and COVID-19, one year later

    May 24, 2021

    More than a year after the emergence of COVID-19, WWF worked with GlobeScan to conduct a survey of over 6,500 respondents in the United States, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Myanmar to build on the learnings from the original 2020 survey and gain a better understanding of consumer insight and perceptions of zoonotic spillover risk.

    A black toucan and small tan monkey tied to a cage by their legs at a market
  • Common Ground

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    Tawau, the east malaysian district where Christina Ak Lang grew up, is a tropical paradise.
    Aerial photo of palm field
  • Sealing Pandora's Box

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2020
    Environmental destruction and the high-risk wildlife trade are intimately connected with the emergence of new zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, but conservation could help prevent future pandemics.
    Red and green germ illustration with trees
  • Healing forests

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2020
    As the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, WWF is working with global health company Johnson & Johnson to understand the underlying links between disease and deforestation.
    Landscape of forest canopy from above
  • Our breath, our life, our world

    April 16, 2020

    Could sitting and observing our breath better connect us to the natural world?

    aerial view of Tun Mustapha Park, Borneo
  • How habitat conservation and restoration support better human health outcomes

    April 02, 2020

    The conservation and restoration of forests is a necessary component of a future where humanity is better able to manage and cope with the emergence of new infectious diseases. Without landscapes that balance the needs of both nature and people, the world will continue only to react to global health crises instead of preventing them.

    Aerial landscape of Thung Yai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand