Published on November 12, 2019
On the first day of Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice, and Action (STTPA), Dr. Byomkesh Talukder presented Land Transformation and Human Health.
Held at the University of Toronto Mississauga, the inaugural STTPA conference brought together academics and students across all disciplines, Aboriginal leaders and scholars, business executives, civil society, policymakers, sustainability professionals and other sustainability lovers to explore innovative forms of theory, practice, and action that can help craft a path towards sustainability.
Abstract: Land Transformation and Human Health
Human health depends on land systems in many ways, but land systems are being continuously transformed by human activities. Transforming land systems is not only leading to ecological degradation, but also resulting in serious threats to human health and wellbeing. The transformation of land is associated with many communicable diseases. However, this association is very complex, as has been documented in many scientific papers. To understand this complex association in a structured way, a systematic literature review is carried out using the system of systems approach to identify the cause and effect of transforming land and human health. The preliminary result of the literature review shows that transforming land is affecting communicable disease in many ways, such as a strong influence in relation to the spread of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. The results of this review help to explain the linkage between land transformation and associated communicable disease, which can be helpful for land use planning and prevention of communicable disease.
Byomkesh Talukder, Research Fellow, Planetary Health