The TREPA Project is working to reduce security risks from the intersection of human-wildlife conflict and diseases of animals. Team science has the potential to contribute positive impacts on human, animal, and environmental health and well-being.
TREPA’s scientific objectives are to:
- Assess current efforts and networks for monitoring human-wildlife and animal diseases.
- Fill gaps in understanding with new information about wildlife, disease transmission, and animal behavior.
- Co-design tools to enhance existing efforts and information sharing.
- Harmonize and enhance collaborative efforts for the future.
TREPA involves collaboration among, and leadership from, local institutions and communities to address the ecological, social, and behavioral aspects of wildlife and zoonotic disease. The TREPA team will support capacity building and mentor-training in One Health and implement a training program for local communities, policy makers, government officials.
TREPA is a collaborative effort with the majority of funding supporting African partners including University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Southern African Wildlife College, Stellenbosch University, University of the Witwatersrand, and Universidade Licungo. US parters include University of Maryland College Park, University of Texas-Austin, University of Alabama and Colorado State University.