Programme

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. 

 

Provisional programme

 

Day 1 - bushmeat trade - 3 december 2019

9.10                        Welcome introduction : Importance of integrating biodiversity and animal welfare in One World One Health, by Federal Minister of Environment (tbc)

9.20-9.25               Opening by Chair, Caroline Nieberding (Catholic University of Louvain) 

9.25-9.45               The global trade of exotic animals: an overview of the scale in Belgium and in the European Union, by Sofie Ruysschaert (World Wildlife Fund)

9.45-10.05             The use of wild meat in the tropics and its implications on food security and ecosystem function, by John Fa (Manchester Metropolitan University)

10.05-10.25           Controls of illegal importation of meat into Belgium through airports, by Vera Jansegers (Customs) & Rixta Lycklama à Nijeholt
                              (Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain)

10.25-10.30           Questions & Answers

10.30-10.50           Coffee break & press briefing

10.50-11.10           The import of wildlife products for food: overview and results of a two-year study on illegal meat import conducted at Brussels airport (2016-2018),
                               by Anne-Lise Chaber (University of Liège & University of Adelaide)

11.10-11.30           Health risks related to the trade of exotic animals, by Herwig Leirs (University of Antwerp)

11.30-11.50           Pathogens discovery from imported meat seized at Brussels Airport (2016-2018), by Mutien-Marie Garigliany (University of Liège)

11.50-12.10           Identifying the drivers of local demand for African bushmeat in Western countries, by Sandrella Morrison-Lanjouw (University Medical Center Utrecht)

12.10-12.30           Enforcement perspectives of the bushmeat trade at European and national level? by Carole Billiet (Ghent University & Brussels Bar)

12.30-12.50           Critical analysis of the current situation, by Erik Verheyen (Museum - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)

12.50-13.00           Questions & Answers

13.00-14.00           Lunch break 

14.00-15.45           Reflexion on suggested recommendations - working group discussions facilitated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform

  • Recommendations on how to tackle the bushmeat trade to national & European public authorities
  • Recommendations on how to tackle the bushmeat trade to the private sector
  • Recommendations on how to tackle the bushmeat trade to passengers and consumers

15.45-16.00           Coffee break

16.00-16.45           Identification of ways to implement recommendations - working group discussions facilitated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform

16.45-17.00           Wrap-up session and closure of the meeting by Chair

 

Day 2 - trade in exotic reptiles and amphibians - 4 december 2019

9.10                        Welcome introduction: Reptiles and amphibians trade in the larger context of wildlife trade and globalisation by Regional Minister of Environment (tbc)

9.20 - 9.25             Opening by Chair, Roseline C. Beudels-Jamar (Chair of WWF-Belgium and Conservation Biology Unit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)

9.25 - 9.50             Threats to reptiles and amphibians posed by live trade: reconciling conservation, welfare and sustainable use, by Richard Griffiths (University of Kent)

9.50 - 10.10           Animal-welfare in the context of wildlife trade, by Marina Salas (Antwerp Zoo)

10.10 - 10.30         Results of a study on wildlife trade databases, by Sonia Vanderhoeven (Belgian Biodiversity Platform)

10.30 -10.40          Questions & Answers

10.40 -11.00          Coffee break (and press briefing) 

11.00-11.20           Impacts of the trade and the keeping of reptiles and amphibians on animal, public health & animal welfare, including their abandonment,
                               by Frank Pasmans (Ghent University)

11.20-11.50           Consequences of trade: impacts of invasive herpetofauna on biodiversity, by Tim Adriaens (Research Institute Nature and Forest)

11.50-12.10           Approach taken in the setting-up of positive lists of reptiles at regional level, by Claire Diederich (University of Namur) and
                              Tom Hellebuyck (University of Ghent)

12.10-12.30           Who are the owners of reptiles? An ethnogeographic approach, by Véronique Servais (University of Liège)

12.30-12.50           Challenges for a legal, sustainable and traceable trade in live amphibians and reptiles into the EU, by Mark Auliya
                               (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Department Herpetology)

12.50-13.00           Questions & Answers

13.00-14.00           Lunch break

14.00-15.45           Reflexion on suggested recommendations - working group discussions facilitated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform

  • Recommendations on how to enhance the sustainability of the trade in reptiles & amphibians to national & European public authorities
  • Recommendations on how to enhance the sustainability of the trade in reptiles & amphibians to importers, pet shops and professional breeders
  • Recommendations on how to enhance the sustainability of the trade in reptiles & amphibians to keepers and hobby breeders

15.45-16.00           Coffee break

16.00-16.45           Identification of ways to implement recommendations - working group discussions facilitated by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform

16.45-17.00           Wrap-up session and closure of the meeting by Chair