AHEAD Update – July 2004
Dear AHEAD colleagues-
* I should again note that if you wish to be removed from this e-mail
list please just let me know. My hope is to keep parties interested
in AHEAD up-to-date on developments post-Durban World
Parks Congress over time, but I certainly understand if anyone wants
to opt out of receiving such messages. Updates are also posted (and
archived) on the AHEAD website at www.wcs-ahead.org.
AHEAD Great Apes Working Group: A Great Apes / Human Health
Working Group convened in May (taking advantage of a larger Great Ape health
/ conservation forum being held in Germany), with the assistance of AHEAD consultant
Lynne Gaffikin, to broaden discussions post-Durban on resolving challenges
at the great ape / human health interface. Notes from the meeting are available
in PDF format at http://www.wcs-ahead.org/workinggrps_greatapes.html:
"May 2004 Meeting of the AHEAD Great Apes / Human
Health Working Group (Liepzig, Germany): Addressing Occupational Health
as a Key Conservation Issue." A shorter, summary document will be
developed in the near future from these initial meeting notes, summarizing
key consensus points and issues to consider when developing an employee
health program for conservation staff working in great ape habitat.
The AHEAD Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (AHEAD
GLTFCA) Working Group had its 4th meeting on June 7 & 8
in Maputo, Mozambique. Special thanks go to Jorge Ferrao, Carlos Lopes
Pereira and Bartolomeu Soto for all the work they did to organize and
host such a productive forum. David Cumming will be circulating meeting
notes to the AHEAD GLTFCA Working Group, but the meeting's
*The participants have decided to develop a written MOU (one defining
a cooperative alliance that emphasizes collaboration and information-
sharing without being institutionally constraining).
*Members of the Veterinary and Conservation Subcommittees of the tri-national
GLTP Joint Management Board (JMB) suggested that an MOU be developed
between the AHEAD GLTFCA Consortium (as it will be defined above) and
the JMB. This would facilitate responses from participants in the AHEAD
GLTFCA initiative if / when the JMB requests assistance with / input
on their delineated priority needs related to research, outreach and/or
*Carlos Lopes Pereira (Unidade de Epidemiologia Veterinária Departamento
de Sanidade Animal, Direcção Nacional de Pecuária,
Ministério da Agricultura e Desenvolvimento Rural) and colleagues
are spearheading an initiative to develop a Wildlife Veterinary Unit
for Mozambique, and an impressive overview of their planned approach
*Other issues related to ongoing development of proposals were discussed
in detail, and will be covered in the meeting notes and table to be circulated
back to the Working Group. All interested parties were asked to submit
one-page project concept descriptions to David Cumming so that the AHEAD
GLTFCA concept document's themes and modules can continue to be fleshed-out.
*Again, our thanks go out to the diverse range of Mozambican and South
African agencies and institutions who helped make this meeting one of
the most productive yet. The possibility of a next meeting in August
or September was discussed, perhaps in Zimbabwe, and will be considered
further as progress on meeting action items is made by the attendees.
The Proceedings from the September, 2003 Durban World
Parks Congress AHEAD launch continue to be copy-edited
and put into IUCN format- your ongoing patience is appreciated.
Please don't forget to check out the new AHEAD website at www.wcs-ahead.org .
The site is yours to use. A number of Working Groups now have documents
posted, and we encourage you to utilize the site if it helps you in terms
of coordination and information-sharing. Comments on the site most welcome!
All the best,