FEW: Scientific Exchange on Fertility Control, Environment and Wildlife

A one day expert exchange organized by the Botstiber Institute for Wildlife Fertility Control (BIWFC) and the Luxembourg Ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development.

On January 17, 2024 BIWFC Europe and the Luxembourg Ministry of Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development presented FEW: Scientific Exchange on Fertility Control, Environment and Wildlife, a meeting which included eight talks and group discussions on wildlife in Luxembourg and neighboring countries. Despite difficult weather and travel conditions, fifty participants, representing several countries, attended this event both in person and virtually.

Talks focused on human wildlife conflicts and mitigation, legislation, animal welfare and public attitudes to human wildlife conflicts, environmental impact of wildlife and human dimension of wild boar management in Belgium. The second set of talks described contraceptive vaccines, fertility control for rodents, collaboration, communications and fertility control for an invasive non-native mammal, and criteria, challenges and opportunities for wildlife fertility control. The native wild boar and the non-native raccoon dominated the discussions as participants debated how fertility control could be applied to these species and to other wildlife such as pigeons, feral goats and brown rats.

Professor Steven Belmain (University of Greenwich) conducted a survey at the beginning and at the end of the day to gather information about attendees’ knowledge of fertility control for wildlife but also to understand priorities and possible applications of this method in the region.  The feedback for the meeting was very positive, with attendees valuing in particular the sharing of knowledge with experts.


Click here to see the Agenda.