As an American living in Germany and working for an international conservation organization, I find that most everyday people I speak with do not realize that in 2008, Chancellor Angela Merkel made a commitment of €500 million per year to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with a focus on protected areas. That was an extraordinary commitment by the German government—something worth knowing and to be proud of. Initially intended as a four-year commitment, this annual allocation has continued through to this day, making Germany one of the world’s largest bilateral donors to biodiversity conservation. In addition to biodiversity, Germany has also shown significant leadership in the Global Health sector. As we confront a pandemic originating with the zoonotic transmission of a virus from wildlife to humans that has devastated the global economy, there is now an opportunity to combine these two commitments and areas of expertise. In so doing, we work to create a new pathway toward green recovery: One Health. The One Health approach acknowledges the interconnectedness of human, animal, and ecosystem health. In 2004, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) brought together stakeholders in global health to discuss issues at the nexus of animal, human, and ecosystem health. The symposium prompted the Manhattan Principles, which launched the modern One Health approach. Northern cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus) in Indonesia. Image by Rhett Butler for Mongabay. As our planet has faced growing threats from climate change and biodiversity loss, One Health became too anthropocentric, placing nature at the service of…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer