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The OIE celebrates the World Wildlife Day

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) welcomes the first edition of the World Wildlife Day. It joins the celebration of the importance of the protection of biodiversity and the continuing fight against illegal wildlife trade.

In 2013, United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day and to highlight the date of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

With a mandate to protect animals and preserve our future, the OIE strongly contribute to protect Wildlife and biodiversity.

Its principal activities on these subjects are:

  • developping science-based standards on animal disease detection, prevention, and control as well as safe trade related to disease risks evaluation and management at the interfaces between wildlife, domestic animals, and humans ;
  • assuring transparency on animal diseases through the global information systems OIE WAHIS which include WAHIS-Wild, a new web application launched in January 2014 collecting information on diseases of wild ;
  • supporting the OIEs Member Countries to strengthen their Veterinary Services to protect animal health and welfare including aspects related to wildlife and biodiversity;
  • developing OIE strategies and policies on wildlife and biodiversity through the work of a permanent expert group, the Working Group on Wildlife Diseases as well as the collection and publication of scientific knowledge in the OIE scientific review.

In addition, OIE is part of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) established in March 2013. It is a voluntary partnership comprising 12 international organisations with substantive mandates and programmes in wildlife management, wich helps generate better understanding of critical wildlife management issues and its linkages to human-wildlife-relations, food security, sustainable livelihoods and good governance. It offers a unique platform for coordinated action among its twelve founding members in promoting the sustainable use and conservation of terrestrial vertebrate wildlife.

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