World Wildlife Day 2022


Webinar “Global Wildlife Health”, connecting wildlife health stakeholders globally

World Wildlife Day aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. In 2022, the World Organisation for Wildlife Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) organised a webinar across five regions and in twelve different time zones, connecting wildlife health stakeholders globally. The webinar was held in two sessions—eastern hemisphere and western hemisphere—and the three official WOAH languages (English, French and Spanish).

WOAH is addressing challenges involving wildlife health through implementation of the Wildlife Health Framework. We look to the global community to protect wildlife health to achieve One Health. Towards this goal, our Regional Representations organised a webinar on “Global wildlife health” on World Wildlife Day in 2022.

Thursday 3 March 2022

  • Session 1 (in English and French)
  • Session 2 (in English, French and Spanish)



The event was open for participants globally. The target audience included multi-sectoral participants with an interest in wildlife health, and university students and young professionals were particularly encouraged to join. Over 340 participants joined the sessions.

The webinar took place on Zoom® with livestreaming on YouTube®. Active participation from the live audience was encouraged.

Agenda and presentations

Welcome:            Dr Lesa Thompson, WOAH Regional Representation for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo

Special message:           Dr Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace

Spotlight on the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH)        [Chair: Lesa Thompson]

Wildlife health globe-trotting      [Chair: Patrick Bastiaensen]

  • Session introduction
    Dr Patrick Bastiaensen, WOH Sub-Regional Representation for Eastern Africa, Nairobi
  • Asia and the Pacific
    Dr Hirofumi Kugita, WOAH Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Tokyo
  • African swine fever in wild pigs in Asia and the Pacific
    Dr Brendan Cowled, Executive Consultant and Director, AusVet, Canberra
  • Middle East
    Dr Ghazi Yehia, WOAH Regional Representative for the Middle East, Beirut
  • Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) in wildlife in the Middle East
    Dr Ahmad Al-Majali, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Al Ramtha, ‎Irbid‎
  • Europe
    Dr Budimir Plavsic, WOAH Regional Representative for Europe, Moscow
  • Rabies in wildlife in Europe
    Dr. Maxim Sîrbu, National Food Safety Agency, Republic of Moldova, Chișinău


  • Africa
    Dr Karim Tounkara, WOAH Regional Representative for Africa, Bamako
  • Anthrax in wildlife in Africa
    Dr Augusta Kivunyza, Kitui County Veterinary Services, Kenya Zoonotic Diseases Unit, Nairobi
  • Americas
    Dr Luis Barcos, WOAH Regional Representative for the Americas, Buenos Aires
  • White nose syndrome in the Americas
    Dr Jordi Segers, Scientific Coordinator Bats, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, Halifax

Ecosystem health and biodiversity     [Chair: Maria-Eugenia Chimenti]

Closing remarks               Dr Monique Eloit, Director General, WOAH headquarters, Paris

Close     Dr Maria-Eugenia Chimenti, WOAH Regional Representation for the Americas, Buenos Aires

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Session 1

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Session 2

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