IDENTIFICATION OF BEST PRACTICES FOR BIODIVERSITY RECOVERY AND PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS
TO PREVENT FUTURE EPIDEMICS AND PANDEMICS
How to prevent the next pandemic?
A new EU-funded project BEPREP aims to prevent future pandemics by studying and identifying best practices for biodiversity recovery and public health interventions that mitigate disease risk.
Epidemics and pandemics - most of them caused by zoonotic and vector-borne emerging diseases - are globally threatening our health and welfare at an alarming pace. Prevention of future disease outbreaks will be pivotal to secure human welfare. “Biodiversity-is-good-for-our-health” has become a new paradigm in disease risk mitigation. Consequently, nature restoration targeting biodiversity recovery - isolated or in combination with public health interventions - has been identified as a major disease risk mitigation tool.
The BEPREP project will fill this lack in knowledge and provide practical guidance. In spatially and temporally replicated field studies and experiments in 11 case studies in Europe and the tropics, the project aims to reveal the causal mechanisms of infection dynamics and how to interrupt infection pathways.
Are you aware of a public health intervention project that uses nature-based solutions or a nature restoration project
that aims to mitigate disease risk?
The call for nominations of projects throughout the world will open in January 2026.
BEPREP - EUROPEAN UNION’S HORIZON EUROPE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION ACTION
Project Information: BEPREP
Grant agreement ID: 101060568
Start date: 1 September 2022
End date: 28 February 2027
Funded under: Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment
Total cost: € 5 469 918.75
EU contribution: € 5 469 918.75
Coordinated by University of Helsinki (Finland)
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. The European Union cannot be held responsible for them.