CIFOR’s Robert Nasi to U.S. congressional staff: wildlife trade, ecosystem degradation and climate change, major drivers of emerging infectious diseases

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Ample evidence exists to show that landscape changes resulting from ecosystem fragmentation and degradation are major drivers of the emergence or re-emergence of zoonotic diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, Ebola or Lyme disease, the director general of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) said in a briefing to U.S. congressional staff and Washington-based agencies on Friday.

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