Video lecture: Urban planning and mosquito-borne disease

Can urban planning influence mosquito-borne disease risk in Australia from Cam Webb on Vimeo.

The video above was originally broadcast to the The International Society for Neglected Tropical Diseases meeting at the Natural History Museum, London, 17 October 2012. You can read some background to the meeting here.

Abstract: Mosquito-borne disease management in coastal Australia faces many challenges. Increasing urbanisation is bringing the community closer to productive mosquito habitats but environmental management of coastal wetlands is often in conflict with effective mosquito control strategies. Broadscale mosquito control activities are restricted, resulting in annually abundant pest and vector mosquito populations, and large scale estuarine wetland rehabilitation projects are increasing the availability of productive mosquito habitat. Balancing the desire for environmental conservation with the need to protect the health of human communities requires integrated urban design strategies combined with targeted research. Local authorities are looking to use planning instruments to minimize the impacts of local mosquitoes, such as the incorporation of buffer zones between residential allotments and mosquito habitats as well as design, construction and maintenance requirements of constructed wetlands.