Stream 5. Cutting COVID-19 Transmission, Handling Health and Economic Impacts
The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is the ongoing worldwide pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which have spread to the world and declared as an international public health emergency by the World Health Organization. The global outbreak of COVID-19 is affecting every part of human lives, including the economic development, social activities, environment and forestry. Positive and negative impacts have also emerged due to this pandemic, especially on the environment and forestry.
In relation to ecological and forestry sector several biological resources and biodiversity taken from forests have also been used for herbal medicines to treat the diseases caused by this corona virus and increase the community’s economic by promoting small industries. Meanwhile, the pandemic situation raises some negative consequences of COVID-19 on economic, social, and environment such as forest dependent communities, forest restoration, and forest community resilience. In the contrary, there are also significantly improves ecosystem which may assist with the ecotourism based on technology and innovation of forest ecological system. This good environmental quality can be used to stop the transmission of the corona virus through nature forest tourism with attention to health protocol.
Hence, by this international conference, hoped that outlines the possible ways to cut down the Covid-19 transmission, to treat the disease and achieve long-term forest and environmental benefits to increase the global economic. It is expected that the proper implementation of the integrated research and development on forest and environment from many countries, might be helpful to protect the world from pandemic.
To explore the impacts and the potential of environmental and forest resources to handle Covid-19 pandemic through sharing, discussing across researchers, scientists, and other relevant stakeholders from international perspectives.
Researchers, experts, universities, international organizations, and other institutions from many backgrounds from many countries.
- Increase the forest and environment role in cutting COVID-19 transmission, handling those economic impacts particularly for marginal group, preventing spread of COVID-19, producing nature/forest medicine for COVID-19, initiating vaccine, developing COVID-19 protocol, and relevant matters.
- Encourage the collaboration research and development among researchers and experts across the countries to handle the Covid-19.