May 18, 2024


In late January 2021, 750 Great white pelicans were discovered dead in the Djoudj bird shelter, a remote pocket of marshes and also a UNESCO World Heritage website in north Senegal, which supply a remainder quit for numerous migratory birds yearly. This was complied with by the fatality of 1642 pelican chicks and also 2 loads grown-up pelicans in Diawling National Park in Mauritania surrounding north Senegal, which organizes over 250 bird varieties. According to nationwide authorities, these fatalities were credited to the episode of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

Following the episode, the nationwide federal governments of Senegal and also Mauritania are collaborating an emergency situation feedback. Nature Mauritania ( BirdLife Partner) and also the teaming up organisation in Senegal Nature Communaut és Développement (NCD) go to the leading edge of this feedback. Nature Mauritania is increasing understanding of HPAI in neighborhoods in Diawling, and also is leading a security board established in Banc d’Arguin to keep track of any type of episode of the condition. NCD in Senegal has actually triggered its network of participants and also volunteers to keep track of and also report any type of fatality of birds throughout the nation. While no additional HPAI episode has actually been reported in both nations, epidemiological security is recurring in various other websites consisting of parks and also gets. Increased partnership and also details sharing in between both nations is recurring.

More notably, a HPAI Action Plan has actually been created in Senegal and also the emphasis is currently on its application. Three sub-committees on Epidemiology, Surveillance and also Biosecurity have actually been developed. Currently, conferences are being accepted contributors and also technological companions to fund this activity strategy. Furthermore, epidemiological surveillance of wild and also residential birds, and also energetic security in industries and also ornithological websites, are recurring. Capacity structure to make certain an efficient feedback is likewise being performed. The Senegalese collaborating group is presently going through training on Incident Management Systems.

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“The Great White Pelican is a migratory bird with a big array inAfrica Monitoring the vital websites utilized by the varieties in West Africa is vital to avoid the spread of the HPAI. Transboundary participation and also participation of neighborhoods is necessary in this feedback” mentioned Djibril Diallo, Executive Director of Nature Mauritania.

Cross- boundary conferences in between authorities in Senegal and also Mauritania are likewise happening to make certain sychronisation in between both nations. BirdLife International and also its companions will certainly proceed sustaining nationwide authorities in Mauritania and also Senegal to apply the HPAI Action Plan and also boost checking to avoid future break outs.