Forests: Our First Line of Defense Against Disease

Annika Terrana

Annika Terrana, Manager, Forests December, 2020

There is a clear link between human health and the health of the natural world. Healthy forests play a key role in keeping us protected against the dangers of infectious diseases like malaria, Lyme disease, and noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease. In fact, almost all aspects of human health depend on a thriving natural world. From fresh air, clean water, and food to energy, medicines, and materials, nature is vital to our survival and well-being. Join us to hear from Annika Terrana, WWF manager for forests, about how forests are inextricably linked to safeguarding human health and how those connections are critical to stopping the next pandemic before it starts.