Land system governance shapes tick-related public and animal health risks

Vanwambeke, S.O.; Lambin, E.F.; Meyfroidt, P.; Asaaga, F.A. ORCID:; Millins, C.; Purse, B.V. ORCID: 2024 Land system governance shapes tick-related public and animal health risks. Journal of Land Use Science, 19 (1). 78-96.

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Land cover and land use have established effects on hazard and exposure to vector-borne diseases. While our understanding of the proximate and distant causes and consequences of land use decisions has evolved, the focus on the proximate effects of landscape on disease ecology remains dominant. We argue that land use governance, viewed through a land system lens, affects tick-borne disease risk. Governance affects land use trajectories and potentially shapes landscapes favourable to ticks or increases contact with ticks by structuring human-land interactions. We illustrate the role of land use legacies, trade-offs in land-use decisions, and social inequities in access to land resources, information and decision-making, with three cases: Kyasanur Forest disease in India, Lyme disease in the Outer Hebrides (Scotland), and tick acaricide resistance in cattle in Ecuador. Land use governance is key to managing the risk of tick-borne diseases, by affecting the hazard and exposure. We propose that land use governance should consider unintended consequences on infectious disease risk.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Biodiversity (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1747-423X
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Open Access paper - full text available via Official URL link.
Additional Keywords: land use governance, health, vector-borne diseases, Kyasanur Forest Disease, Lyme disease, acaricide resistance
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 10 Apr 2024 10:49 +0 (UTC)

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