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 – 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. Measures against wildlife trafficking have become a priority issue in Europe, but more needs to be done. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) still meets enforcement problems rendering it less effective than it could be. 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.