Terms of Reference
1. The Working Group reports to the WOAH Director General who will transmit the report, or relevant parts of it, to the appropriate WOAH Specialist Commission.
2. Maintain global perspective and foresight on wildlife health and biodiversity and their interface with animal health and veterinary public health, in particular:
a) wildlife health and disease issues of importance to WOAH, including emerging diseases, vector borne diseases and zoonosis;
b) invasive species of potential importance to WOAH through their impacts on biodiversity;
c) climate change impacts on animal health, wildlife health and biodiversity.
3. Assist the WOAH Director General, the Scientific Commission and other WOAH Specialist Commissions to assess risks and make risk management recommendations, including the development of WOAH Standards and Guidelines, associated with wildlife health and biodiversity.
4. Assist WOAH with training of WOAH National Focal Points for Wildlife and other efforts to support Member Countries, especially in building or improving their capacity to meet WOAH standards and obligations with respect to wildlife health and biodiversity and their interface with animal health and veterinary public health.
5. Assist WOAH to receive, record, and interpret information on wildlife disease, including emerging diseases, vector borne diseases, zoonosis and invasive species occurrence from official sources through WAHIS, and support an international network to provide information from non-official sources.
6. Address specific issues referred to the Working Group by the WOAH Director General, which may include matters recommended by Specialist Commissions, Members or the WOAH itself.
7. Assist WOAH to communicate and disseminate information about wildlife health and biodiversity, and represent WOAH as requested.
8. Assist WOAH to appropriately incorporate wildlife health and biodiversity issues in its educational and scientific programs and publications.
9. Assist WOAH in supporting the activities of Collaborating Centres on wildlife health and biodiversity.
10. Support WOAH in its interactions and collaborations with international organisations working on the animal, human and environmental health interface, and with the wider stakeholder community engaged on these issues.
Mode of Operation for the Working Group on Wildlife
I. The Working Group normally will hold annually one face-to-face mid-year meeting in Paris.
II. The Working Group will meet by teleconference two or more times each year. These teleconferences are open to representatives of the Programmes Department or other relevant Departments of WOAH.
III. The Working Group might use a secured Internet forum, when available, to manage discussion, document reviews and related matters and through which WOAH personnel also can access output from the Working Group’s activities.
IV. The Working Group President will maintain additional regular communication with the WOAH Prepardness and Resilience Department, and the WOAH World Animal Health Information and Analysis Department as appropriate.
V. The Working Group will revise its work plan annually.
VI. The operating language of the Working Group will be English.
Dra. Marcela Uhart
Professor, University of California, Davis
Dr. Rupert Woods
Chief Executive Officer, Wildlife Health Australia
Prof. Koichi Murata
Professor, Department of Wildlife Science, College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University
Dr. Markus Hofmeyr
Program Officer, Environment Programme, Wildlife Conservation & Trade
Dr. Marie-Pierre Ryser-Degiorgis
Head of the FIWI Wildlife Group, Centre for Fish and Wildlife Health (FIWI)
Dr. Jonathan Sleeman
Center Director, National Wildlife Health Center
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Dr. William B. Karesh
Executive Vice President for Health and Policy, EcoHealth Alliance
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
|June 2023||Wildlife Working Group Report|
|December 2022||Wildlife Working Group Report|
|June 2022||Wildlife Working Group Report|
|December 2021||Wildlife Working Group Report|
|June 2021||Wildlife Working Group Report|
|December 2020||Wildlife Working Group Report|
|March 2020||Adapted Procedure – World Assembly, May 2020|
|December 2018||87th General Session – World Assembly, 26-31 May 2019|
|December 2017||86th General Session – World Assembly, 20-25 May 2018|
|November 2016||85th General Session – World Assembly, 21-26 May 2017|
|Sept-Oct. 2015||84th General Session – World Assembly, 22-27 May 2016|
|November 2014||83rd General Session – World Assembly, 24-29 May 2015|
|November 2013||82nd General Session – World Assembly, 25-30 May 2014|
|November 2012||81st General Session – World Assembly, 26-31 May 2013|
|November 2011||80th General Session – World Assembly, 20-25 May 2012|
|October 2010||79th General Session – World Assembly, 22-27 May 2011|
|February 2010||78th General Session – World Assembly, 23-28 May 2010|
|January 2009||77th General Session International Committee, 24-29 May 2009|
|January 2008||76th General Session International Committee, 25-30 May 2008|
|February 2007||75th General Session International Committee, 20-25 May 2007|
|February 2006||74th General Session International Committee, 21-26 May 2006|
|February 2005||73rd General Session International Committee, 22-27 May 2005|
|February 2004||72nd General Session International Committee, 23-28 May 2004|
|February 2003||71st General Session International Committee, 18-23 May 2003|
|February 2002||70th General Session International Committee, 26-31 May 2002|
|March 2001||69th General Session International Committee, 27 May-1 june 2001|
|April 2000||68th General Session International Committee, 21-26 May 2000|