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World Parks Congress to include a

“Southern and East African Experts Panel on Designing Successful Conservation
and Development Interventions at the Wildlife/Livestock Interface:
Implications for Wildlife, Livestock, and Human Health”

Sunday September 14th, Monday September 15th, 2003

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A two-day interactive forum at which approximately 55 invited Southern and East African and other experts share their vision for conservation and development success at the wildlife / livestock interface with World Parks Congress attendees and invited representatives from bilateral and multilateral development agencies and other interested parties. Please note that due to limited space and funding and the group size limitation imposed by the interactive nature of the forum, participants have already been invited and confirmed. Veterinary Specialist Group (VSG) members and other interested parties who are not attending are encouraged to send their thoughts and ideas on the themes described below to VSG Co-Chairs William Karesh and Richard Kock and the Regional Chair Jacob Mwanzia, or to Steve Osofsky, WCS Senior Policy Advisor for Wildlife Health, at the Wildlife Conservation Society: sosofsky@wcs.org. Colleagues interested in these issues are also encouraged to visit the IUCN SSC Veterinary Specialist Group (VSG) website at www.iucn-vsg.org.


To foster a sharing of ideas among African practitioners and development professionals that will lead to concrete and creative initiatives that address conservation and development challenges related to health at the livestock/wildlife/human interface. The focus of presentations will be ongoing efforts and future needs in and around the region's flagship protected areas and conservancies and their buffer zones- the places where tensions and challenges at the livestock/wildlife interface are often greatest.

The IUCN World Parks Congress is a very high profile event both wherever it is held and in the international media. The Congress is only held once every 10 years, and will likely bring approximately 3,000 international attendees to Durban overall. Organizations potentially interested in co-sponsoring the AHEAD forum should contact Steve Osofsky at sosofsky@wcs.org. Thank you.

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