Cross-pollinating agro-eco-human health perspectives to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR)...


Session coordinators: Wim Hiemstra & Aurélie Binot


Session report available here.



The global threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) poses an important challenge for human, animal and environmental health experts and practitioners to overcome disciplinary silos and speed up understanding and action towards a One Health-Eco Health approach and practice. 

This session aims to dialogue about current scientific understanding on AMR, antibiotic resistance (ABR) and experience from practice in fighting antibiotic resistance. In the morning session, three presenters will reflect on how the human, animal, environmental streams of information on AMR-ABR are brought together in a practical way, thus presenting a systems perspective. The afternoon session will deepen presenters’ and participants’ experiences to identify pitfalls and potentials for collaboration for a One Health – Eco Health approach and practice. As in all sessions, One Health – Eco Health interdepencies will be visualized and presented in the plenary.


Session coordinators: Wim Hiemstra & Aurélie Binot

Introductory presentations:

  1. AMR and environmental management within a EcoHealth perspective, the need for the integration of biodiversity features into human health for more resilient socio-ecosystems.Presentation by Serge Morand (PhD), CIRAD, elaborating on the plenary presentation in the morning, and building on insights a.o. from field research on EcoHealth and One Health in South East Asia such as the GREASE (, a regional network to support research activities for better health risk management at the animal, human, and environment interface.
  2. ABR and the need to phase out antibiotic use in agriculture by improving animal husbandry from a natural perspective. Presentation by Katrien van ‘t Hooft, veterinarian and co-coordinating the international Natural Livestock Farming initiative ( with members from Netherlands, India, Uganda and Ethiopia, applying in practice an integrated model which includes Indian Ayurvedic and European knowledge of medicinal properties of herbs to replace antibiotics in dairy farming.
  3. Preventing AMR through optimizing antibiotic use in public health systems and reducing disease burden by advancing agro-eco-health perspectives. Presenter will be announced later.