The Scientific Seminar on Avian Influenza, the Environment and Migratory Birds met from 10-11 April 2006 at UN Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The Seminar was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) in cooperation with the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and its Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). Around 25 invited experts from relevant disciplines attended the Seminar, including scientists and representatives from various organizations. Invited observers included UNEP Country Permanent Representatives and representatives from other UN organizations. A total of 55 participants were in attendance.
The Seminar aimed to review the latest scientific studies concerning the evolution and spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), subtype H5N1, and its impact on wild birds and the wider environment, including assessing risks of transmission and identifying optimal mitigation measures.
The Seminar’s output included a press release and a summary document with recommendations for decision makers, the media and other stakeholders on action to be taken in light of the latest scientific findings on HPAI and in the context of conservation and the environment. These recommendations address: surveillance, early warning and risk assessment; priority short-term needs; longer-term needs; collaboration and cooperation; and next steps. More information.