During an outbreak of cattle wid -19 mass media worldwide, offering “good side” of the crisis, this time there is a natural break. Due to the fact that humans are banned from the home. It gives us a glimpse of the free nature of animals, such as penguins wandering the streets of Cape Town. South Africa Kangaroos have fun in Adelaide.
Australia While the fox eats the crab, he explores outside Bogota. Colombia, for example. These stories are often accompanied by news reports of reduced air pollution. And there is a brighter sky in cities like Delhi. India, Seoul, South Korea Or even in Los Angeles, however, these news reports are often misleading to humans. That nature is benefiting from global lockdown measures.
But while the big cities seem to benefit The situation in rural areas was completely different.
These areas have populations that are not And the main resources they rely on are nature.
Including hunting, fishing and cutting down trees for habitat. Those moving to the city for work and income drop or lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 situation are heading back to their hometowns. This tends to affect nature, while the risk of COVID- 19 epidemic in rural areas is increasing as well.
In addition, opportunistic and criminal groups take part in deforestation. Illegal mining And poaching wild animals Well, it is taking advantage of a time when the government is focusing on COVID-19. More than any other issue has led to a growing number of deforestation reports in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Moreover In countries dependent on ecotourism such as Kenya, the Galapagos Islands In Ecuador And Thub Bataha Coral Reef Natural Park Philippines are facing declining natural resources. Due to declining tourists and lower natural resources maintenance income, illegal gold mining in Latin America and Africa has soared as gold prices soared. These protected areas are not. Have been taken care of in this situation.
The situation affecting nature and rural areas will continue. Until the economy is back again and the government can take care of nature conservation.
This has resulted in the misconception that protecting nature is secondary to controlling outbreaks. As is happening today, however , protection of nature has failed. It could be the cause of future pandemics such as land use change. It is the main factor of the epidemic spreading from animals to humans. Exploitation of decorative animal species poses a double risk of developing zoonotic diseases compared to other behaviors.
Governments in each country that face deforestation problems Illegal mining And poaching Therefore, the importance and enforcement of the law must remain as before. Even in the crisis of COVID-19, it is equally important. That is, each country has to start a plan for economic recovery. Including environmental protection .