The what: Cirion foundation togther with the Wildlife Forensic Academy and partner
Universities is developing a postgraduate masterclass program integrating
knowledge and awareness on wild life, wild life crime and forensic aspects in relation
to the impact and prevention of zoonotic infections.
The why: In our rapidly changing world, infectious diseases, old and new, have an
undisputed impact on our society. The rapid spread of infectious diseases is seen as
a serious threat to the modern world. The majority of emerging infections are
zoonotic, which means transmitted from animal hosts and/or vectors to human
populations. A combination of factors among which urbanization, migration of human
and animal populations, intensive livestock farming, living habits with a negative
impact on climate, nature and environment do have a negative impact on life. In this
respect the scale and impact of wild life crime on the risk of the spread of zoonotic
infections is underexposed.
The how: We find solutions to combat the spread of [zoonotic] infectious diseases in
modern technical innovations, but the cornerstone of prevention is inducing behavior
change by spreading knowledge and raising awareness. Together with WFA and
partner universities we are designing a multidisciplinary masterclass program for next
gen students integrating knowledge and awareness on wild life, wild life crime and
forensic aspects in relation to the impact and prevention of zoonotic infections
underlining the need for unconditional commitment, responsibility and leadership.