Reframing Global Biodiversity Protection after COVID-19: Is International Environmental Law up to the Task?
Maria Antonia Tigre, Natalia Urzola & Victoria Lichet
In an increasingly interdependent world, the climate and biodiversity crises are, more than ever, inextricably tied to human health and the transmission of infectious diseases. The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic has irrevocably shown us that the exploitation of wild species and deforestation increases and modifies the interface between people and wildlife, leading to a spillover of diseases from wildlife to people. From a legal perspective, the gaps in international environmental law have contributed to the lack of an effective international biodiversity policy. In light of the challenges brought by the pandemic, there is now an opportunity to rethink our existing legal framework: How could international environmental law better protect biodiversity to avert future pandemics?