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The Central Zoo Authority successfully organized the 2nd National Stakeholder Workshop on Wildlife Health and One Health Collaboration.

The Central Zoo Authority successfully organized the 2nd National Level Stakeholder Workshop on December 22, 2023, in New Delhi. Chaired by the Union Minister of State, Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Shri Ashwini Chaubey, and assisted by Secretary MoEF&CC Ms. Leena Nandan, Secretary MoFAHd Ms. Alka Upadhyay, DGF&SS MoEf&CC Shri C.P. Goyal, ADG Wildlife Shri Bivas Ranjan, the workshop aimed at advancing the Development of the National Referral Centre for Wildlife (NRC-W) and promoting collaboration for One Health initiatives.


The workshop brought together experts from various organizations related to human health, livestock health, wildlife research institutes, National Park managers, zoo directors, etc. Institutions like CCMB, ICAR-NIVEDI, WII, NTCA, IVRI were also present at the event.


It served as a platform for meaningful discussions and a collaborative approach towards the development of the National Referral Centre for Wildlife. Member Secretary, CZA Shri Sanjay Shukla, and DIGF, CZA Ms. Akanksha Mahajan warmly welcomed participants, initiating collaborative discussions on crucial aspects of wildlife health management.

Shri Ashwini Kumar Chaubey highlighted India’s exceptional status concerning its rich wildlife and biodiversity, emphasizing the nation’s top-ranking position in the elephant range and being the exclusive habitat of the Asiatic lion. He stressed the significance of adopting a comprehensive approach towards managing wildlife health and diseases. Additionally, he assured continual ministry support for such initiatives, akin to the backing shown for the One Health mission by actively promoting science and technology endeavors through the Prime Minister’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). Chaubey emphasized the necessity for integrated surveillance encompassing humans, livestock, and wildlife.


Referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, he praised Prime Minister Modi’s adept handling of the crisis by employing a comprehensive and unified strategy. This example underscored the effectiveness of a collaborative approach in mitigating the impact of crises, both in public health and wildlife conservation domains.


The workshop included discussions on various themes like the Development of NRC-W, Disease Surveillance Needs in the Wildlife Sector, connections with Human and Livestock Programs, Research & Development Requirements for the Wildlife Sector, and the necessity for a robust Capacity Building Framework.


Stakeholders recognized the significance of the One Health concept in establishing a comprehensive and regulated health ecosystem in India and globally.



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