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.
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.
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]
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