COVID-19 is a global health crisis, and it shows just how closely our economy and lifestyles are linked to the overall health of the planet. With over 150 million cases and over 3 million fatalities worldwide as of January 2021, the pandemic demonstrates the human and economic cost of our broken relationship with nature.
Across Southeast Asia, livelihoods have been impacted. Thousands of people who are directly dependent on the resources from the ecosystems around them are now vulnerable to the impacts of the pandemic.
To help prevent future zoonotic outbreaks, we need to tackle the root causes.
The For Nature For Us: Community and Recovery Programme
supports WWF’s efforts to address one of the root causes of pandemics and future-proof vulnerable communities, while providing building blocks for a more sustainable and resilient future. The programme has three key pillars:
- Addresses and stops illegal wildlife trade, one of the root causes of pandemics,
- Future-proofs vulnerable communities by providing them access to clean water and provision for alternative livelihood through food shed enterprises,
- Provides building blocks for a better future through education and outreach.
Starting February 2021, Cisco has taken up the mantle in supporting one of the key pillars of the programme: Future-proofing Communities in Southeast Asia Impacted by the Pandemic, Helping to Protect Their Food Security and Livelihoods in Sustainable and Resilient Ways.