Conference on One Health & Ecosystem Services

29 - 30 November, 2019, Lucknow

The ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Academy of Environmental Biology (AEB) and Aquatic Biodiversity Conservation Society (ABCS) jointly organized the two-day Conference on One Health & Ecosystem Services - 2019 (OHES - 2019)" from 29th to 30th November, 2019.

Conference on One Health & Ecosystem Services  Conference on One Health & Ecosystem Services

In his inaugural address, Prof. M.L.B. Bhatt, Vice-Chancellor, King George Medical University, Lucknow emphasized on the fact that the human beings are civilized enough for looking after their own health, but not neglects other terrestrial and aquatic animals and natural resources. He stressed that one gram of mercury salt is enough for pollute 20 acre of land / pond and its aquatic life that will turn unsuitable to human consumption. Dr. Bhatt regarded the antibiotics and vaccines as the most important discoveries for health sector and the green revolution for food security. He stressed to curtail the quantity of food consumption and keep ourselves close to the nature for staying healthy and fit for longer life.

Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries & Animal Sciences), ICAR stressed upon the health of the soil, nutritional deficiency in food, disease transfer from bovine to human (especially brucellosis) due to man and animal frequent contact, assessment of risk of disease management. He highlighted that the fish has very less zoonotic potential as compared to the terrestrial animals.

Dr. Habibar Rehman, Regional Representative, South-East Asia, International Livestock Research Institute, New Delhi opined that around 2.3 billion zoonotic diseases occur world-wide in humans every year. He accentuated that around 7 lakh deaths occur worldwide due to anti-microbial resistance that may go up to 10 million per annum by the Year - 2050.

Earlier, Dr. Kuldeep K. Lal, Director, ICAR-NBFGR emphasized on the Conference’s theme, need of discussion and actions on One Health.

Dr. Jaswant Singh, President, AEB, Lucknow, Dr. Krishna Gopal, Secretary, AEB along with other experts of Fishery, Environment and Academics were also present during the inaugural session.

In her valedictory address, Dr. B. Meenakumari, Former Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority (NBA), Chennai emphasized about the importance of all biotic components for maintaining the ecological balance, integrity and sustenance of human life.

The conference concluded with recommendations for approaching one health for the living systems to sustain the ecosystems and its services.

Over 250 delegates from various parts of the country participated in the conference.

(Source: ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow)