The biodiversity leader who is fighting for nature amid a pandemic

Elizabeth Mrema, executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first woman from Africa to lead the intergovernmental body spoke to the scientific journal, Nature about how the pandemic has influenced negotiations and the challenges ahead.

She says that human interference, "through deforestation, agricultural expansion, livestock intensification and habitat fragmentation, has exposed wild animals and brought them into closer contact with people, which has resulted in the spillover of pathogens and zoonotic diseases, human-to-human transmission through trade and tourism, and the explosive pandemic we currently find ourselves in."

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