Navigation Links
EcoHealth Alliance and Bat Conservation International forge partnership to work on global bat conservation and public health issues
Date:1/2/2014

NEW YORK January 2, 2014 EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, and Bat Conservation International, which works to conserve bats and their habitats around the world, are joining forces in formal partnership. The organizations will work together to broaden both bat conservation and public health programs that enhance outreach with local communities, government agencies and stakeholders. Expanded capacity-building efforts in key regions are critical for protecting this vitally important and amazingly diverse group of animals.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to build upon our existing bat conservation and global health programs with a leading organization and will allow us to develop innovative programs together that protect bat populations and safeguard human health," said Dr. Peter Daszak, Disease Ecologist and President at EcoHealth Alliance.

"Bat Conservation International is committed to providing an informed and reliable voice of moderation in the increasingly strident debate over bats and human health," said Dr. Dave Waldien, BCI's Director of Global Programs. "We are developing science-based strategies to reduce the risks to both humans and bats. Our partnership with EcoHealth Alliance, with its unequaled expertise on the links that bind ecosystems, wildlife and human health, will dramatically enhance those efforts."

For well over a decade, EcoHealth Alliance scientists have dedicated time and resources to studying diseases in bat populations, while simultaneously protecting these gentle creatures from extinction. The organization's investigations into the emergence of Nipah virus in Southeast Asia, the diversity of viruses in bats, and most recently the discovery of a new SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese Horseshoe Bats demonstrate how EcoHealth Alliance's research activities unravel the connections between bat species and human health.

EcoHealth Alliance continues to generate an increasing amount of scientific evidence that viruses from wildlife spillover into human populations due to human activities such as intensive agricultural expansion, wildlife trade and land-use changes to the natural environment.

Bat Conservation International has, since 1982, combined science, education and conservation action to protect bats worldwide. A key part of that effort uses scientific knowledge to correct the harmful myths and misinformation that have plagued bats for centuries. Public education becomes especially critical amid growing concerns about bats and human health.

The best way to prevent the emergence of bat-borne pathogens is to improve human understanding of bat ecology and change the way bat habitats are impacted. EcoHealth Alliance has expanded its efforts to study the ecology of bat-borne viruses globally, collaborating with local scientists throughout the world to study viruses that threaten public health. The partnership with Bat Conservation International will provide a strategic alliance in the mission to protect bat species and leverage a greater outreach to educate both policy makers and individuals about the important ecosystem services provided by bats.


'/>"/>

Contact: Anthony Ramos
ramos@ecohealthalliance.org
212-380-4469
EcoHealth Alliance
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. EcoHealth Alliance announces new award from USAID to combat disease emergence and climate change
2. Official opening of wildlife health genetic and forensic laboratory between EcoHealth Alliance and Sabah Wildlife Department
3. Dolphins cultivate loose alliances
4. Phoenix Community Alliance honors TGens Dr. Jeffrey Trent
5. NSF research alliances begin new efforts to accelerate innovation
6. Viral alliances overcoming plant defenses
7. Core for Life, a new European alliance in biomedical research
8. New alliance for European excellence and competitiveness in life sciences
9. Iris Biometrics Leader EyeLock Joins the FIDO Alliance to Help Identify More Secure Replacement for Usernames and Passwords
10. The China National Genebank accelerates growth by a strategic alliance with BioStorage Technologies
11. Stoneflies mapped across Ohio, with implications for water quality and nature conservation
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/9/2016)... Elevay is currently known as ... for high net worth professionals seeking travel for work ... world, there is still no substitute for a face-to-face ... your deal with a firm handshake. This is why ... of citizenship via investment programs like those offered by ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016 First quarter 2016:   ... 966% compared with the first quarter of 2015 The ... 589.1 M (loss: 18.8) and the operating margin was 40% (-13) ... Cash flow from operations was SEK 249.9 M (21.2) ... guidance is unchanged, SEK 7,000-8,500 M. The operating margin ...
(Date:4/19/2016)... The new GEZE SecuLogic access ... "all-in-one" system solution for all door components. It can ... door interface with integration authorization management system, and thus ... minimal dimensions of the access control and the optimum ... offer considerable freedom of design with regard to the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... Review, 2016;12(1):22-8 http://doi.org/10.17925/OHR.2016.12.01.22 Published ... the peer-reviewed journal from touchONCOLOGY, Andrew D ... cost of cancer care is placing an increasing ... of expensive biologic therapies. With the patents on ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Connecticut (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... introduce a new line of intelligent tools designed, tuned and optimized exclusively for ... September 12–17 in Chicago. The result of a collaboration among several companies with ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... The global biomarkers market ... 2013. The market is expected to grow at a five-year compound ... from $50.6 billion in 2015 to $96.6 billion in 2020. ... (2015 to 2020) are discussed. As well, new products approved in ...
(Date:6/22/2016)... SAN DIEGO , June 22, 2016   ... the first pluripotent stem cell-derived islet replacement therapy for ... two presentations at ISSCR 2016 Annual Meeting.  ISSCR 2016, ... 22nd to 25th at Moscone West in San Francisco.  ... Details of the presentations are as follows:Event: , Focus ...
Breaking Biology Technology: