The Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza
will convene a workshop on responses to Avian Influenza
(AI) outbreaks in wild birds. It will be hosted by Museum
Koenig (ZFMK) on 23 May 2008 during the COP 9 of the Convention
on Biodiversity (CBD). This year’s event will be
a Workshop on ‘Animals, people and disease: A cross-cutting
issue for biodiversity conservation’ in relation
to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreaks
in wild birds. The event is co-funded by the Museum Koenig
(ZFMK), the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), and the association
‘Friends of CMS’ and will gather members of
the Scientific Task Force as well as national experts
with experience of handling outbreaks.
The objective of the workshop is to provide a platform
for active debate and direct information sharing on practical
responses to Avian Influenza. The focus will put together
the current situation with respect to the spread of HPAI
H5N1, including its socio-economic and other impacts.
The range of issues both for human and wildlife populations
raised by emerging and re-emergent diseases, how the impact
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.
The experts will condense the extent to which wildlife
disease 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.
For more information on the workshop please contact:
Francisco Rilla, Information Officer
Tel. : +49 (0) 228 8152460
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