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July 15 2005

Announcement of website for EU-funded Coordination Action on FMD and CSF

 

The website for the new EU-funded Coordination Action on FMD and CSF is now available online, at www.fmd-and-csf-action.org.  The purpose of the project is to gather and share information relevant to the control of foot and mouth disease and classical swine fever.  The project will focus upon the coordination of research, global disease surveillance, risk analysis, vaccine reserves, diagnostics, laboratory preparedness, and control policies including vaccination, and will initiate new collaborations.  The project is coordinated by David Paton, head of the FAO/OIE World Reference Laboratory for FMD at the Institute of Animal Health, Pirbright, and for CSF by Volker Moennig, head of the EU Community Reference Laboratory for CSF in Hannover, Germany, and includes OIE, FAO and a number of other European  Laboratories as partners, as well as an extensive international network of project associates.

 

You are all invited to visit the website as a source for accurate, up-to-date information. To make this a broad and responsive platform, we seek your participation, especially to contribute to the online discussion fora on topics of interest, to suggest new topics for discussion, and to send us relevant news items..

 

The project website will support open and informed discussions on a variety of topics for stakeholders and research scientists with a range of perspectives and expertise. Appropriate and willing moderators from the technical participants and from the wider international scientific and livestock community will be sought. Through these contacts, a wide range of sources of information will be brought into the project, ranging from innovative technology developments from the private sector to concerns of both large-scale and small-scale farmers, livestock keepers, and those involved in all aspects of the food chain and food production in the rural environment.

 

From a stakeholder perspective, important benefits from this project will be:  

A. to improve stakeholder involvement in the scientific and technical developments, and

 

B. to facilitate policy development by providing a reliable source of information at several integrated levels to decision makers, scientists and the broad stakeholder community, and the opportunity to share and discuss concerns and priorities from different perspectives.

For further information, send an email to either John Bashiruddin and/or Mary Marshall, at fmd-csf.ca@bbsrc.ac.uk