Activities on GF-TADs

4th FAO/OIE Sub-Regional Meeting of GF-TADs for SPC Members and workshop on biosecurity, emergency preparedness and response and animal welfare (Nadi, Fiji, 28-30 Nov. 2017)

Under the Global Framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases (GF-TADs) FAO and OIE is coordinating to organise activities throughout the Asia Pacific region. The Pacific Islands and Territories are currently free of the major priority Transboundary Animal Diseases of global significance, so the focus is on prevention, preparedness and capacity building activities. Many members have very limited resources and are geographically isolated, so having this opportunity for technical staff working in the region to meet in person was a valuable opportunity to share and gather information and form invaluable connections and contacts.

Each member updated on the current situation in their country/territory for both terrestrial and aquatic animals, including diseases at risk of entering and potential routes, prevention and preparedness activities that are currently being undertaken and the gaps that have been identified and how they might be addressed.    

As well as discussing Transboundary Animal Diseases there were workshops sessions on emergency management practices, contingency planning, biosecurity and created some potential scenarios to use for designing and running simulations exercises specific to the Pacific. Experts from partners and international organisations as well as the veterinary services from military were involved in these activities to offer assistance in the workshops and in ongoing efforts to build preparedness capacity and strengthen networks in the event of an emergency or disaster.  

Another identified priority in the Pacific is livestock welfare – including animal husbandry and management practices as well as how to respond in a disaster. Good animal welfare is interconnected with good animal health and management and better production, so there is economic incentive to improve animal welfare. The focus for this workshop was on communication and engagement with farmers on this topic. It is an issue that is not unique to the pacific, but each communication and engagement needs to be adapted to the varied situations.

Finally there was training on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) which is an independent project providing training tools for dealing with livestock in humanitarian situations.

The full summary report can be found at:  

Summary Report

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