‘Natural Disasters and One Health – Are We Prepared’ conference

Disasters affect entire communities, regions and sometimes countries.Natural disasters can strike anywhere in the world at any time and the 28 countries of the EU are no exception. Some areas might be prone to floods, others to earthquakes, out of control bushfires or tsunamis.

One thing that is certain is that they have a devastating effect on people and animals. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster the priority is clear: minimise the loss of life. The only effective way to do that is comprehensive planning and investment in advance.

Once the disaster strikes it is too late.

The longer term priority is getting people back on their feet. In many cases this can only be done by also protecting and saving animals. After a tragedy animals can help restore some livelihood (in the case of agriculture) or provide the emotional support (in the case of companion animals) that allows people to rebuild.

Animals, such as rescue dogs, also have a key role in responding to a disaster themselves.

That is why IFAW is a proud supporter of an upcoming conference hosted by the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the participation of the European Commission entitled ‘Natural Disasters and One Health – Are We Prepared’.

The conference will be April 16 and 17 in Brussels.

Disasters affect entire communities, regions and sometimes countries. No one is unscathed. With that in mind we welcome everyone to this vital conference to protect the safety of people and animals.

--AH

To see the preliminary programme, click here

To register: click here

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