The Forestry, Wildlife & Parks and Parks Division in collaboration with International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW) and Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF) will be hosting a two day Wildlife trade Policy workshop for Dominica at the Holy redeemer Retreat House on March 8 and 9, 2012.
Currently, there are increasing concerns as it relates to private-sector interest in bio-prospecting, endemic species trade and alien wildlife imports (for use as pets, as well as for commercial purposes), which have already begun to put tremendous pressures on Dominica’s regulatory/enforcement agencies and local natural-resource managers.
We are therefore of the opinion that comprehensive, science-based wildlife policies need to be implemented in Dominica to protect its natural resources from exploitation and exposure to introduced diseases, and, therefore, provide enforceable guidelines for sustainable resource management.
The objective of the two day workshop is to present a forum for policy makers, practitioners and advising delegates to discuss wildlife import/export trade policy, regulations relating to wildlife translocation (private and commercial) and all wildlife product movement and commerce. The discussions will address wildlife health, infectious disease, zoonotics and the impact of invasive and non invasive species introductions and their ecological and public health implication.
The discussions and deliberations will assist in the formulation of a draft policy for Dominica.
Facilitators for the workshop will come from Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, Dominica and USA.