One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is ensuring global food security and sustainable natural resource management given the trends in human demographics. One way of thinking about these problems is in the One Health framework which states that the areas of human, livestock, wildlife, and the environment are all highly interconnected.
The Scientific Task Force on Wildlife and Ecosystem Health is dedicated to improving communication between various disciplines working on issues at the human-livestock-wildlife-ecosystem interface. The Task Force encourages the use of a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary One Health framework to problem solving at local, regional, and international levels.
As a group, the Task Force brings together representation from 16 organizations ranging from the national to international levels from a variety of disciplines. As a group we have expertise that encompasses many disciplines from natural resource management to human health. This perspective allows the group to have a unique perspective on emerging issues and diseases affecting wildlife and ecosystem health.