EWDA Network Meeting: How to start up a wildlife health surveillance programme.

Date: August 26, 2018 | Time: 13:00 to 20:00


Out of 49 European countries, we know of only 14 countries that have a wildlife health surveillance programme at a level 2 or 3. Level 2 means partial general surveillance, i.e. wide range of programmes but restriction in various ways, e.g. geographical regions or covered species. Level 3 means comprehensive general surveillance, involving the entire country, and a wide range of species and diseases covered. Therefore, we have no or only poor knowledge of the state of wildlife health in the majority of European countries. In wildlife health surveillance, as in many other areas, “The first step is the hardest.” How did those European countries who do have partial or comprehensive general surveillance of wildlife health get started? Knowledge of their histories may be useful for people who are keen to start wildlife health surveillance in their own country. However, this information is not generally available. The goal of this EWDA Network meeting is to use the knowledge from OIE training programmes, plus the start-up periods of countries with established wildlife health surveillance systems to help other countries to set up their own systems.

Draft programme:

  1. Welcome coffee
  2. Opening session and introduction
  3. Overview of wildlife health surveillance in Europe (Levels 1 to 3, no information)
  4. Review of requirements to start a wildlife health surveillance programme (based on OIE training manual and international workshop)
  5. Coffee break
  6. Start-up periods of a selected number of countries with an established wildlife health surveillance system
  7. Panel discussion: what worked, what didn’t?
  8. Coffee break and light buffet
  9. Situation reports of a selected number of countries who wish to start a national wildlife health centre
  10. Panel discussion: how to get started?
  11. Concluding remarks.
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