[Updated] – EWDA Wildlife Health Surveillance Network meeting

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.


Anyone who is involved in wildlife health surveillance in Europe and wishes to present information about this for his/her country or region, is invited to submit a poster that will be available for viewing during the workshop. Those intending to present a poster at the workshop are asked to contact Becki Lawson (email: Becki.Lawson@ioz.ac.uk) by 15th July 2018 to confirm their intention to participate and receive guidelines for abstract formatting. Poster abstracts (maximum 500 words) should be sent as Word files to Becki Lawson (email: Becki.Lawson@ioz.ac.uk) by the deadline of 1st August 2018.

Posters will follow the EWDA conference guidelines – please note the use of e-Posters formatted in landscape orientation. Details are available @



  • 13:00-14:00. Welcome coffee
  • 14:00-14:05. Welcome and introduction (Thijs Kuiken)
  • 14:05-14:15. Overview of wildlife health surveillance in Europe as of 2009 (Thijs Kuiken)
  • 14:15-14:30. Review of requirements of a wildlife health surveillance programme (Marie-Pierre Ryser)
  • 14:30-15:30. Start-up and growth spurts of established wildlife health surveillance systems in a selected number of countries, part 1 (4 x 15 min; Paul Tavernier, Belgium; Antonio Lavazza, Italy; Jorge Lopez, Spain; Marie-Pierre Ryser, Switzerland)
  • 15:30-16:00. Break and Poster Viewing
  • 16:00-16:30. Start-up and growth spurts of established wildlife health surveillance programmes in a selected number of countries, part 2 (2 x 15 min; Jolianne Rijks, The Netherlands; Becki Lawson and Paul Duff, U.K.)
  • 16:30-17:15. Panel discussion: what worked, what didn’t? (Panel: all speakers on start-up and growth spurts of established programmes. Chair: Thijs Kuiken)
  • 17:15-17:45. Break and Poster Viewing
  • 17:45-19:00. Situation reports of a selected number of countries who wish to start a wildlife health surveillance programme (5 x 15 min; Kastriot Korro, Albania; Daniel Mladenov, Bulgaria; Gudrun Wibbelt, Germany; Charalambos Billinis, Greece; Sara Sevic, Serbia)
  • 19:00-19.45. Panel discussion: how to get started? (Panel: all speakers on countries wishing to start a programme . Chair: Thijs Kuiken)
  • 19.45-20:00. Concluding remarks (Thijs Kuiken)