During the period of 25 – 27 April 2023, an international workshop on Aquatic animals for North African countries was organized by the Sub-Regional Representation of World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) for North Africa in collaboration with the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR).
This three-day face-to-face workshop brought together Veterinary and Competent Authorities of the 6 Member States in the region, with a total of 34 participants from 6 African countries (Algeria, Egypt, Mauritania, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia). Dr. Cristina Casalone, the scientific director of STOR office, was invited to participate in this event, along with representatives from WOAH and international initiatives. During the workshop, the Regional Animal Health and Aquatic Animal Health Networks (RAAHN-NA) were launched.
The main objective was to assist in the establishment and operationalization Regional Aquatic Animal Health Networks (RAAHNs) to strengthen the implementation of WOAH aquatic standards and improve biosecurity control, market access and safe intra-regional fish trade. This initiative aims to create a platform where public sector and private stakeholders can share information and network to collectively develop, implement and monitor coherently aquatic animal health strategies. The action aligns with the sectoral strategies of the African Union, WOAH and FAO.
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