Policy Briefs (developed by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform)
The policy briefs each present the current state of knowledge in the field across a variety of disciplines and highlight key recommendations emanating from the conference. In addition, a series of actions are also proposed in appendixes, as well as a glossary of the main concepts associated.
The case of reptiles and amphibians
Sound data in support of decision making
Appendix 1 Glossary
Appendix 2 Bushmeat: Actions to support recommendations
Appendix 3 Reptiles & Amphibians: Actions to support recommendations
Background documents on wildlife trade (Developed by the SPF Health Food Chain Safety and Environment)
study on illegal importation of meat
Report on the illegal importation of meat, including bushmeat, seized at Zaventem Airport - 2017/2018
by Chaber A-L, Gaubert P.
Green H., Garigliany M., Renault V., Busoni V., Dieudonné M., Saegerman C.
Study accomplished under the authority of the Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment
Appendix 1. DNA-based identification of the 197 analysed samples based on the four mitochondrial genes (Cyt b, COI, 16S, 12S).
Appendix 2. Spectrum of the wild meat diversity seized at the Brussels’ airport
Domestic meat and bushmeat imported illegally from sub-Saharan Africa to Belgium: pilot study concerning the presence of pathogens
Garigliany M.M.1, Renault V.1, Franssen M.1, Chaber A.L.2, Saegerman, C.1
The issue of illegally bush- and domestic meat is a major concern for both the international bodies and the Belgian Federal Public Service (FPS) for Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment. As an example, the importation of buhmeat directly threatens the biodiversity in the countries concerned. Besides, the illegal importation of bush- and domestic meat from Africa is a potential route for the introduction of pathogens into the European Union. To assess this risk exposure, 61 samples of meat were seized as part of an FPS public health study at Zaventem airport (years 2017-2018) using 16S rDNA metagenetics and shotgun metagenomics. This pilot study demonstrated the presence of nucleotide sequences of the African Swine Fever virus, 14 bacteria or bacterial genera that are potentially zoonotic and 2 parasites.
1 Fundamental and Applied Research for Animal and Health (FARAH) Center, University of Liège, B-4000 Liège
2 One Health & Wildlife Population Health, School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide, 5371 Adelaide, Australia