Avian Influenza and the Role of Wild Birds in Central Asia
13-17 October 2008 - Almaty
The Central Asia Regional Workshop on Avian Influenza and the Role of Wild Birds was held in Kazzhol Hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 13 to 17 October 2008. A total of 46 participants from 10 countries (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) representing all countries of the regional network attended the workshop. With special request from the donor ADB, China and Mongolia were also invited to attend. Country delegations were mostly composed of three members. With the exception of Turkey, the FAO HPAI National Consultants participated within their respective country’s delegation.
The workshop was organised and implemented by the FAO Central Asia group in close collaboration with the Wildlife Coordinator and with the logistical and administrative support provided by the local Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity of Kazakhstan (ACBK). The workshop was funded by two projects OSRO/RAS/601/ASB and OSRO/GLO/601/SWE baby 01.
During the class sessions (13-15 October) technical presentations were made on the global HPAI situation and FAO programmes and networks in HPAI control and FAO activities in Central Asia Region as well as provided with information on most recent finings in the field of HPAI ecology and the role of wild birds. participants were also informed on FAO wildlife activities and results of global surveillance in wildlife to-date. Other major topics covered by presentations of FAO experts included basic information on bird migration and ecology, principles of epidemiology and surveillance in wildlife, identification of waterbirds, census and monitoring of waterbirds, capture techniques for wild birds, sampling wild birds and assuring good quality field operation, personal protective equipment and bio-security in the field
A special section of the workshop was dedicated to country reports in which each national delegation provided information on wildlife and Avian Influenza in their respective countries according to a previously distributed presentation template. In this way a lot of useful information has been made available to participants stimulating further discussions and sharing of information.