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The Wildlife Exotic Disease Preparedness Program (WEDPP) was a joint program involving the Australian Government and state and territory governments that commenced in 1984-85 and ended in 2014.
WEDPP's mission was to improve Australia's emergency animal disease preparedness through the development of strategies to monitor, prevent, control or eradicate emergency diseases in wildlife and feral animals that threaten Australia's livestock industries.
In recent years more emphasis has been placed on improving wildlife surveillance, and for Australia to gain a better knowledge of potential pathogens in the general environment.
The specific objectives of WEDPP were:
- To enhance and refine technologies for the surveillance, containment and control of wildlife in order to improve Australia's animal disease preparedness capability.
- To develop a national cadre of competent personnel to perform wildlife disease control roles in an emergency animal disease incident; and promote the integration of animal health and wildlife personnel and activities for better animal health outcomes.
- To assist with the development of Australia's animal disease preparedness with an emphasis on developing wildlife strategies and procedures for AUSVETPLAN.
The program has been instrumental in generating awareness of the potential role of wildlife and feral animals in the spread of exotic diseases. The program has also facilitated the development of control and eradication payments.
Information about projects is provided below.
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