Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - WCS spotlights wildlife initiative’s accomplishments

WCS spotlights wildlife initiative’s accomplishments

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
WCS Cambodia said that its Wildlife Health Program conducted a meeting to share a selection of the activities and achievements of WildHealthNet. WCS

WCS spotlights wildlife initiative’s accomplishments

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia on May 27 reported highlights of achievements made by WildHealthNet over the past three years, emphasising that “more than 100 wildlife mortality and morbidity events” have been recorded.

In a Facebook post, WCS Cambodia said that its Wildlife Health Program had recently conducted a meeting to share a selection of the activities and achievements of WildHealthNet, an initiative supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under the US Department of Defense, and “discuss opportunities for network partners to maintain wildlife health surveillance during this transition to ensure long-term sustainability of the network”.

“Since July 2019, over 100 wildlife mortality and morbidity events have been detected across the country and over 400 network participants have been trained,” it said.

The post listed other accomplishments as “the detection of African swine fever in wild boar, multi-sector One Health response to highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 outbreaks, and collaboration with the animal health department for a lumpy skin disease vaccination campaign in cattle to protect endangered wild ruminants”.

“WildHealthNet was initiated in late 2018 with the objective to support capacity building within government agencies to implement a Wildlife Health Surveillance Network in the Lower Mekong Region – Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam – in order to detect, monitor, and report especially dangerous pathogens in wildlife,” it added.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Angkor photo rules clarified

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) denied that it had banned the use of camera tripods in the Angkor Archaeological Park, explaining that the confusion stemmed from a long-standing rule which required commercial photographers and videographers to apply for permission to film. The explanation followed a

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “