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2019 Natural Capital Symposium

Eye on Latin America II: Linking land use and vector-borne disease Vision Sobre America Latina II: Avances en el uso de la tierra y vectores de enfermedades

March 19, 2019 - 4:00 am to 5:30 am

Abstract: Malaria, dengue, Zika and other vector-borne diseases pose a serious public health risk in many Latin American countries. Their prevalence and distribution have been linked to deforestation and land use change in the region, suggesting that future trajectories of development and forest management will influence the burden of disease. In this session, we will bring together experts in disease ecology to explore the latest evidence for the role of nature in vector-borne disease transmission and its implications for land use decisions in Latin America. Featured speakers will present their research, followed by a moderated panel discussion.

Moderators: Lisa Mandle, Natural Capital Project, Stanford University and Erin Mordecai, Stanford University

Featured speakers include: 

  • Anna Stewart-Ibarra, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Mattias Piaggio, CATIE, Costa Rica
  • Willy Lescano, UPCH
  • Marissa Childs, Stanford University
Session Track: 
Pathways to Impact