A consortium composed of leading Institutions on wildlife ecology and health will run a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) project whose main objective is to collect information on the geographical distribution, abundance and structure of selected wildlife species populations relevant for livestock and human health.

Members of ENETWILD during the kick-off meeting hold at EFSA facilities
(image: ENETWILD)

The specific objectives of ENETWILD are:

  • To collect existing published or unpublished data on the geographical distribution and abundance of selected wildlife hosts, to validate and to aggregate them in a harmonized way in a common database.
  • To promote and coordinate the generation of new data on distribution and abundance of selected wildlife species, and modelling them, to fill the gaps identified in objective-1.
  • To further enhance the network of wildlife professionals to support data collection activities required in objectives 1 and 2:

– To link the existing network to other European or international groups/networks active in the area of wildlife population surveillance.
– To promote the development and adoption of harmonized protocols for presence assessments and population counts, standardization of data format validation and quality assessment of data submissions.
– To strengthen collaboration on integral wildlife surveillance activities in Europe enhancing the European network between population and health specialists.

ENETWILD consists of 14 groups from 9 European Countries, with potential to involve many research organizations from European countries and beyond

The objectives that ENETWILD will develop during next years are specifically focused on wild boar.

  • This framework contract, for a period of 6 years (until 2023) is implemented via specific contracts of the consortium with EFSA. The ongoing specific contract 3 is focusing on wild boar, and the next specific contracts will keep this approach during 2018 and 2019.
  • The project will run during the next six years and the participating European researchers will work together with a wide network of participants/collaborators to coordinate efforts and implementdata sharing and increased data collection on wildlife populations

The work packages that compose ENETWILD are::

  • 1. Information, management and coordination

  • 2. Literature review and data collection and for quality assurance. Produce ad hoc standards for, acquiring and mapping available data on distribution of wildlife, and identifying gaps in data availability

  • 3. Targeted survey. Comprises promotion of harmonized data generation and coordination/support of surveys highlighted by gap analyses.

  • 4. Spatial distribution modelling

  • 5. Data collection tool development and maintenance of databases on species distribution, abundance

  • 6. Networking and training. Focussing on performing a stakeholder analysis and establishing the network

  • 7. Strategic Consultation Group, which will concentrate on providing ad hoc technical advice to EFSA regarding wildlife population and disease surveillance in Europe

Complete census of European Wildlife Species presence data bases, following a standardized protocol

Description of national systems and organizations responsible for species´ presence, distribution and abundance data collection


Presence standards ready

how to calculate reliable estimation of wild boar abundance:how it is possible to derive abundance from other data

  • Definition of items to collect in the Data Collection Model (DCM)
  • Data dictionary on wild boar density

Upload data in the DCF of EFSA

Actively contact data providers to explain DCM

Distribution of questionnarie: how hunting statistics are recording across Europe, who manages disaggregated data