“The EU decided to invest in this programme due to the importance that we attach to working on the prevention of future pandemics while focusing also on the reduction of illegal wildlife trade globally,” said Cecile Leroy, Programme Manager at the Delegation of the European Union to Lao PDR, who opened the inaugural Lao PDR workshop. “No country and no region in the world can be sufficiently prepared to handle such a large-scale public health emergency on its own. Hence the need to learn from each other and to exchange best practices on how to prevent the possible future outbreaks that can bring the lives of millions of citizens to a standstill.”
In Lao PDR, the SAFE project is looking to establish a risk assessment framework for facilities and establishments that come into contact with wildlife. The experts from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Public Security, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Wildlife Conservation Society identified 40 facilities in which a working group will test the risk assessment field surveys over the next few months.
Within the SAFE project, UNODC is working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to create a more united front on addressing illegal wildlife trade and public health safety.
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