Agency Capacities to Detect and Respond to Disease Threats: Professionals’ Views on Limiting Factors and Action Priorities
A report by the Human Dimensions Research Unit, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
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To advance the goals of the NFWHI, the Human Dimensions Research Unit (HDRU) at Cornell University was awarded funding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in January 2011 to conduct research to identify areas of capacity in need of strengthening and key issues for the development and implementation of a National Fish and Wildlife Health Plan.
Published in June 2013 the final report,"Agency capacities to detect and respond to disease threats: Professionals’ views on limiting factors and action priorities" from this research effort provides a comprehensive assessment of professional’s perceptions of (1) factors that limit capacities of state fish and wildlife agencies (SFWAs) to detect and respond to disease threats, and (2) highest priorities for agency action to increase agency capacities.
Based on these professional views, HDRU recommended a set of 14 actions that SFWAs and other organizations could take to enhance capacities of SFWAs for early detection of and coordinated response to disease threats. Read HDRU's recommendations and their research findings here: http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/hdru/pubs/HDRU%2013_5%202012%20limits%20and%20priorities%20survey%20report.pdf
Source: Siemer, W. F., T. B. Lauber, D. J. Decker, and S. J. Riley. 2013. Agency capacities to detect and respond to disease threats: Professionals’ views on limiting factors and action priorities. Human Dimensions Research Unit Series Publication 13-5. Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 46pp.