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

14 Nov 2020

HOSTS: Sustainable Wildlife Management with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

This session centres on 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. Through constructive debate, presenters consider how policy and investment can crack down on the drivers of zoonotic disease emergence while fulfilling the needs of the tens of thousands of citizens, communities and Indigenous People who rely on wildlife for food, income and cultural identity.

  • Sustainable Wildlife Management

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

  • Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

  • OACPS

  • Funded by the European Union


  • Maria Helena Semedo

    Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • 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 & 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 , Current chairman for the South Rupununi District Council (a representative body for the 21 Southern Rupununi indigenous communities)

  • 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)

  • Cristelle Pratt

    Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Environment and Climate Action, Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States