Session 2.1

Zoonotic diseases, invasive alien species and wildlife trade – is the current EU legislative framework fit for purpose?

Trading, consuming and keeping exotic animals – including many taken from the wild and traded illegally – increases the potential for the translocation of invasion alien species affecting biodiversity, as well as zoonotic diseases affecting human and animal health.

While the EU policy on invasive alien species is effectively addressing priority species, action is still scattered on pathways of introduction and spread of invasive alien species such as the pet trade or hull biofouling. Measures against wildlife trafficking have become a priority issue in Europe, but more may have to be done. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an essential instrument with a fair share of successes, but its effectiveness could perhaps be enhanced.. It is clear that there is room for improvement of current efforts and mechanisms in order to curb negative impacts on biodiversity and health. How can we face today’s challenges? Come and hear about it in a series of lightning talks and pose all the questions you have to our experts.


Doreen Robinson, Chief for Wildlife, UNEP

Ilaria Di Silvestre, Wildlife Programme Leader, Eurogroup for Animals

Stefan Hetz, on behalf of the European Pet Organization (EPO)


Anya Sitaram, Moderators Europe

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