‘Voices from the Ground’

with Wildlife Research & Training Institute Kenya: Addressing wildlife meat trade and associated health risks in Kenya.

The Alliance’s online series Voices from the Ground format is exclusively for Alliance members and represents the diversity of local realities. Together we will create a safe space that is trustworthy to share experiences, solutions and challenges and shall foster the exchange within the Alliance community. This new format will give you the opportunity to talk about practical challenges and solutions on the ground, such as questions deriving from economic dependence from wildlife trade, cultural and religious values and traditions and Indigenous Peoples knowledge systems. An important topics could also be the problematical implementation of policies – so that all voices will be heard! 

Join our next “Voices from the Ground Session” with WRTI Kenya 

on Thursday, July 14th 2022 at 2:00pm CEST
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About the event:

The Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) has been established with the understanding that wildlife research agenda needs to be more focused to provide reliable scientific information on emerging wildlife conservation and management challenges. The speakers from various backgrounds will share their insights and experiences about working along the wildlife meat and trade spectrum in Kenya and associated health risks.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Winnie Kiiru – chairperson of Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI), founder of Conservation Kenya, chairperson of the Wildlife Research Institute in Naivasha.

The speakers will be:

  • Dr. Francis Gakuya – about health risks associated with bushmeat harvesting, trade and consumption, Principal Scientist and Head, Veterinary Science and Laboratories, WRTI.
  • Dr. Moses Otiende – about forensics, identification of wildlife meat and challenges encountered in Kenya, Senior Forensic Analyst and Head, Forensic and Genetics Laboratory, WRTI.
  • Mr. Isaac Maina  – about the indirect relationship between snaring and wildlife off-takes and harvesting in Kenya, African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW).
  • Naomi Wanja Njihia – about the community perspective on bushmeat consumption and trade, Rangelands Officer at Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association.
  • Mr. Maurice Omondi – about the law enforcement against illegal bushmeat harvesting, consumption and trade, principal investigation officer with Kenya Wildlife Service

If you and your partners are also interested in contributing to a “Voices from the Ground Session”, please let us know.

We are delighted to host this session with WRTI Kenya and are enthusiastic to have a broad exchange within the Alliance community. 

‘Voices from the Ground’

with WCS Viet Nam: Addressing health risks associated with wildlife trade in Viet Nam.

The Alliance’s new online series Voices from the Ground format is exclusively for Alliance members and represents the diversity of local realities. This format will create a safe space that is trustworthy to share experiences, solutions and challenges and shall foster the exchange within the Alliance community. During these session incongruences between science and implementation, theory and practice, including Indigenous Peoples knowledge, can be addressed. As well as practical challenges and solutions on the ground, such as questions deriving from economic dependence from wildlife trade, cultural and religious values and traditions, or the faulty implementation of policies shall be discussed – so that all voices will be heard! 

Join our 1st “Voices from the Ground Session” with WCS Viet Nam 

on Thursday, May 12th 2022 at 2:00pm CEST
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About the event:

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is implementing One Health approaches in field programs around the world, with local teams working at the nexus of climate change, maintenance of intact ecosystems, wildlife trade and health. Commercial wildlife trade has been widely recognized as a major risk factor for the emergence of pathogens with pandemic potential. Addressing wildlife trade as a key driver of infectious disease emergence demands a comprehensive, collaborative, dynamic and multisectoral approach, working with a variety of partners and stakeholders at local, regional, national and global levels. In this session, we will share experiences from Viet Nam by hosting a panel of local experts who have contributed to research led by WCS investigating pathogens of pandemic potential and examining the health risks associated with the wildlife trade. Panelists will share findings from their efforts to understand, mitigate, and prevent disease emergence associated with the wildlife trade, through research, policy, and conservation work. The panelists will outline the early success of Viet Nam’s interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, and science-driven approach to researching and understanding the complexity of health risks associated with wildlife supply chains. The moderated discussion will explore opportunities to expand the One Health approach to address complex issues at the human-wildlife-environment interface.  

Panelists and Speakers:

The panel will be led by Ms. Hoang Bich Thuy – Country Director, Wildlife Conservation Society, Viet Nam Program.  

Speakers will include

Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phuong, Regional Animal Health Office No.6 (RAHO6), Department of Animal Health,  

Mr. Truong Quang Lam, Viet Nam University of Agriculture,  

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga, WCS Viet Nam program,

Mr. Pham Van Thong, Save Viet Nam’s Wildlife. 

If you and your partners are also interested in contributing to a “Voices from the Ground Session”, please let us know.

We are delighted to kick off our new event series together with you and WCS Vietnam and enthusiastic to see all of you next Thursday.