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Ecosystem health and planetary well-being (2024)

Brila, I., Hämäläinen, A. M., Jernfors, T., Kallio, E. R., Kesäniemi, J., Koskela, E., Lavrinienko, A., Scholier, T., Wang, Y., & Watts, P. C. (2024). Ecosystem health and planetary well-being. In M. Elo, J. Hytönen, S. Karkulehto, T. Kortetmäki, J. S. Kotiaho, M. Puurtinen, & M. Salo (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Planetary Well-Being (pp. 59-71). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003334002-7

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All authors or editorsBrila, Ilze; Hämäläinen, Anni M.; Jernfors, Toni; Kallio, Eva R.; Kesäniemi, Jenni; Koskela, Esa; Lavrinienko, Anton; Scholier, Tiffany; Wang, Yingying; Watts, Phillip C.

Parent publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives on Planetary Well-Being

Parent publication editorsElo, Merja; Hytönen, Jonne; Karkulehto, Sanna; Kortetmäki, Teea; Kotiaho, Janne S.; Puurtinen, Mikael; Salo, Miikka



Publication year2024

Publication date15/06/2023

Pages range59-71

Number of pages in the book270


Place of PublicationAbingdon

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/88215


Healthy ecosystems support the well-being of all organisms on Earth. Yet, the overexploitation of natural resources for human needs and profit has resulted in widespread ecosystem degradation, loss of biodiversity, and climate emergency, which pose fundamental threats to planetary well-being. Impoverished ecosystems may become dysfunctional and fail to provide for the needs of many organisms, including humans and wildlife. Changes in ecosystem functioning and wildlife distributions affect the prevalence and spread of pathogens, with consequences for the health and well-being of human and wildlife communities alike. Increasing contact between humans and domestic and wild animals enable pathogen spillover, while global trade and travel distribute pathogens to new areas. Human activities thus provide favourable conditions for pandemics and trigger cascading consequences for ecosystems worldwide. A better integration of ecosystem health into public health and conservation planning could alleviate disease burden and improve well-being of all organisms on the planet.

Keywordsecosystems (ecology)state of the environmentbiodiversityloss of natureanimal diseaseszoonosesplant diseasespathogensspreading (process)

Free keywordsplanetary well-being

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2024

Preliminary JUFO rating3

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