Welcome to the webpage of the One World One Health Conference on wildlife trade !

The Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform are co-organising a two-day
One World One Health Conference on 3-4 December 2019 on the impacts of wildlife trade at global and local level

Given the broad scale of the issue, the conference will focus on two specific trades occuring in Belgium:
DAY 1: the bushmeat trade (3 Dec. 2019)
DAY 2: the trade in exotic reptiles and in amphibians (4 Dec. 2019)


The objectives of the conference are:

  • to provide scientific information on the impacts of the bushmeat trade and the trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians
  • to discuss recommendations for further actions at Belgian and European level in a view of reaching a more sustainable trade of wildlife


One World One Health recognises the interconnection between humans, non-human animals and ecosystems. Given the need for a multidisciplinary, coherent and coordinated approach of various fields of expertise, we invite the following stakeholders to participate in this conference:

  • researchers
  • international and European institutions
  • policy-makers
  • law-makers
  • control borders officials
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • hobbyists
  • federation of veterinarians
  • businesses


  • DAY 1: bushmeat trade
  • DAY 2: trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians

Access the provisional programme in more details

The conference will be in English. A translation into French and Dutch will be provided but during the morning session only.  
A passive knowledge of English will be necessary if you intend to participate to the session in the afternoon. 

Expected outputs

  • Working group discussions will allow for the development of key recommendations on bushmeat trade and on the trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians
  • The Belgian Biodiversity Platform will develop a brief based on the key elements discussed during the conference


The biodiversity crisis we are experiencing is characterised in particular by a massive extinction of wildlife called ‘defaunation’. Drivers are multiple but all of anthropogenic nature such as habitats loss, overexploitation, introduction of invasive species or emerging diseases. In a time when globalisation is considered to be an increased threat to human, animal and environmental health, impacts of the wildlife trade (being legal, illegal or unregulated) needs further examination in a One World One Health perspective. The Conference will also build on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), in particular on the implementation of goal 3 on Good health & Well-being, goal 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production and goal 15 on Life on Land.


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The conference is organised by the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform.





For more information, please contact us at: conferencewildlifetrade@health.fgov.be



The workshop will take place in Brussels (Belgium) at Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat, 155.

For more information on how to get there, access the Venue page