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WILDCOMS (Wildlife Disease & Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance network) annual report 2011-2012

Pereira, M. Glória; Chaplow, J.S.; Patel, S.; Shore, Richard F.. 2012 WILDCOMS (Wildlife Disease & Contaminant Monitoring and Surveillance network) annual report 2011-2012. Lancaster, NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, 15pp. (CEH Project no. C04373)

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This is the first annual report from WILDCOMS, a collaborative Knowledge Exchange network between nine national surveillance schemes that monitor disease and contaminants in wild vertebrates. The overall aim of the WILDCOMS network is to foster and facilitate knowledge exchange, harmonisation towards best practice and productive collaboration between: (i) partner organisations; (ii) surveillance schemes and end-users. WILDCOMS aims to facilitate development of a more cost-effective and integrated evidence base for assessing environmental disease and contaminant risk that will benefit end-users and underpin regulatory policy. This report describes the activities of the WILDCOMS network in its first year (2011-12) including the establishment and implementation of communication tools (wiki, website, quarterly and annual reports for stakeholders) and activities, such as articles in specialised “in-house” publications of key stakeholders and presentations at national and international conferences. This report also describes how: WILDCOMS has started to facilitate increased collaboration and sharing of resources between surveillance schemes in the network; the development of inventories of sample collection activities across all partners’ schemes; the facilitation of new linkages at the European scale. Overall, WILDCOMS is on track to meet its original goals set out in the grant proposal that was supported by NERC funding. WILDCOMS has established itself as a Knowledge Exchange network with a website that has up to 600 visits per day and a mailing list of some 300 stakeholders to date. The establishment of the network has facilitated greater collaboration and sharing of resources between WILDCOMS partners, and with the GB Wildlife Disease Surveillance Partnership, and increased awareness of the schemes amongst stakeholders. Over the next two years, WILDCOMS will continue its work to provide information to stakeholders on the activities and resources of its component partners’ schemes and holistic overviews on topics of current concern. It will also seek to further increase the efficient sharing of resources between partners, and further develop linkages with stakeholders through its stakeholder partners meetings.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biogeochemistry
CEH Sections: Shore
ISBN: 9781906698348
Funders/Sponsors: Natural Environment Research Council
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Freely available online - click on Official URL link for full text
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Marine Sciences
Zoology
Biology and Microbiology
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Date made live: 14 Nov 2012 11:07
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/20351

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