• 28 October 2020
  • 16:00-17:30

Tackling the risks of wildlife-borne disease pandemics – policy and investment priorities

Plenaries will be available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. All sessions and launchpads will be available in English, Spanish and French. Access language channels here. Français. Español. Português.

The session will launch the White Paper and Policy Brief “Build Back Better in a post-COVID world – Reducing future wildlife-borne spillover of disease to humans” produced by the Sustainable Wildlife Management Programme. Presenters will discuss alternative strategies to tackle the drivers of zoonotic disease emergence and their spread along wildlife value chains. They will emphasize the need to consider and involve the millions of citizens, communities and Indigenous People who rely on wildlife for food, income and cultural identity. Discussions will focus on how to encourage policy dialogue and coordinated targeted investments to prevent, detect and respond to future pandemics.

  • Philippe Mayaux, Head of sector Biodiversity and ecosystem services – Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) – European Commission 
  • Michelle Edgardine Ngwapaza, Deputy General Director and National focal point for the SWM Programme in Gabon – Wildlife and Protected Areas General Directorate (DGFAP), Ministry of waters, forests, sea and environment, in charge of Climate Plan and Land Use Plan – Republic of Gabon (Central Africa) 
  • Nickolas Fredericks, Current Toshao (indigenous village chief) for Shulinab village. Current chairman of the National Toshaos Council, the highest representative body for Indigenous Peoples in Guyana 
  • Nathalie van Vliet, Associate researcher – Site Coordinator SWM Programme Guyana – CIFOR 
  • Amanda Fine, Associate Director, Wildlife Health Programme WCS 
  • Marisa Peyre, Deputy Head ASTRE research unit – CIRAD 
  • Keith Sumption, Chief Veterinary Officer and Leader of the Animal Health Programme at FAO Director of the Joint Centre for Zoonoses and Anti-Microbial Resistance (CJWZ) 

Find this session’s white paper here.