Editorial

This Planet@Risk Issue is a follow-up of the previous Special Issue on One Health and shall contribute to the creation of a common understanding of the One Health approach. Many emerging health impacts arise from the intensification of contact between humans and animals, the industrialization of food production, in particular the extraordinary increase in meat and fish production, as well as environmental degradation, urbanization, international travel and globalization in general. A large number of new infectious diseases originate from animals. Examples for such zoonotic diseases are the H1N1 flu, the Hanta virus, leptospirosis, and rabies.

In this issue of Planet@Risk the state of the art collections, grey literature summaries, case studies for good practices and scientific reports shall provide guidance to governments and non-governmental actors alike on why they should and how they can, together, reduce risks and vulnerabilities and to increase resilience and sustainability.

I would like to thank the authors for their substantive contributions they share with us, and the Editorial Board members who secure the quality of the journal with their valuable work.. I wish you a lot of new insights with this issue of Planet@Risk!

Coping with mitigating the impacts of such complex threats requires a re-pooling of global public health resources and capabilities across multiple disciplines to attain optimal health conditions for humans, animals and the environment. One Health as a holistic, inter- and trans-disciplinary approach, frames the complex interactions between humans, animals and the environment. It can thus provide solutions to existing and emerging global threats by fostering the collaboration between the various disciplines in human and veterinarian medicine, as well as natural, social and even engineering sciences.

GRF Davos with its annual GRF One Health Summit promotes a risk-based One Health approach. The 2nd GRF One Health Summit Davos 2013 revealed that the risk oriented One Health approach in managing the various kinds of threats has significantly evolved within the One Health community and is accepted as an essential tool for effective and efficient management of health risks. Despite these positive steps forward, the necessary inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation and communication still remains a major challenge.

This Planet@Risk Special Issue on One Health aims to contribute to the creation of a common understanding of governments and non-governmental actors alike, on why they should and how they can collectively reduce the health risks and increase resilience by joining forces from multiple disciplines. The Special Issue collects state-of-the-art research reports, case studies for good practices, scientific reports and working papers on One Health. All articles are based on presentations given during the 2nd GRF One Health Summit 2013, held 17-20 November 2013 in Davos, Switzerland (http://onehealth.grforum.org/archive/2nd-grf-one-health-summit-2013/2nd-grf-one-health-summit/). Given the large number of submissions, it was decided to split the Special Issue on One Health into two parts. After the publication of the first part in April 2014, we are now very pleased to present the second part of the Special Issue on One Health.

I would like to thank the Editorial Board members who ensure the quality of the journal and the authors for their valuable work they share with us. I wish that you may gain a lot of new insights with this Planet@Risk Special Issue on One Health.

Walter J. Ammann

Editor-in-Chief President Global Risk Forum Global Risk Forum GRF Davos Promenade 35 CH-7270 Davos Platz Switzerland Email: info@planet-risk.org