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The relevance of the Wildlife Disease Programme of the Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) was highlighted in the aftermath of the FAO & OIE International Scientific Conference on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds which concluded that “ there is a need for a long-term investment to better understand interactions between wildlife, livestock, and humans”. Since this meeting in May of 2006, the Wildlife Disease Programme has directly or indirectly supported other disease and wildlife meetings, conferences, or workshops. The opportunity to share and exchange current scientific information about the wildlife issues related to HPAI has resulted in many official recommendations as well as defining, to a large extent, gaps in information related to the role of wild birds and HPAI. As disease intelligence improves, and more is known about the role that wild birds play in sustaining and transmitting HPAI, the Wildlife Disease Programme will continue to conveying the most up to date science and also support venues that enable sharing of good science and experiences.

See below, links to HPAI and wildlife meetings, conferences, and workshops that the Wildlife Disease Programme has either supported or participated.

29 June - 1 July
Istanbul, Turkey
23 May
Seminar "Animals, people and disease: a cross-cutting issue for biodiversity conservation"

"Convention on Migratory Species(CMS)/Museum Koening Avian Influenza Seminar, UNEP/CMS, Museum König, Bonn, Germany; side event at the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The seminar has four objectives: (a) summarise the current situation with respect to the spread of HPAI H5N1, including its socio-economic and other impacts; (b) summarise the range of issues both for human and wildlife populations raised by emerging and re-emergent diseases, how the impacts of these are often enhanced by unsustainable land-use and other policies, and outlining the consequences of these for both human well-being and biodiversity conservation; (c) summarise the extent to which wildlife disease – as a cross-cutting conservation issue of growing importance – is currently addressed within the policies, plans and programmes of CBD and CMS and to make recommendations for further action drawing from relevant experience in addressing threats from HPAI H5N1 that may assist governments and others address these wider issues; and (d) launch the proceedings of the Aviemore Avian Influenza and Wildlife Workshop on ‘Practical Lessons Learnt’.

1. Agenda
2. Concept paper

Contact: Francisco Rilla
Website: www.cms.int
15-17 April
Lawrence, USA
Workshop on strategies and options for research on H5N1 ecology (University of Kansas)

Specific topics of discussion will include: (1) basic ecology and distribution of H5N1 and other bird-borne pathogens; (2) epidemiology and transmission dynamics of H5N1 and other bird-borne viruses (i.e., what pathways of transmission and dispersal need to be considered); (3) information on bird migration and movements; and (4) organized and coordinated collection, management, storage, and sharing of relevant data.

Contacts: Dr.Townsend Peterson and Ellen Paul
23-25 January
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok International Conference on Avian Influenza 2008: Integration from Knowledge to Control

Flu Virus Research Yields Results But No Magic Bullet for Pandemic
(Article published by Science Magazine - 29/02/08 - Vol. 319)
15-16 January
New York, USA
WCS - FAO Avian Influenza Database Meeting

15-17 November
Beijing, China P.R.
1-5 September
Bangkok, Thailand
26-27 June
Aviemore, Scotland

29 Oct. - 03 Nov.
Nanchang, China P.R.
30-31 May
Rome, Italy
10-11 April
Nairobi, Kenya


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