GADMC wins international award

The GADMC Conference Committee is pleased to announce that it is to be the recipient of the 2021 International Association of Emergency Manager’s (Oceania) Partners in Preparedness Award.

This prestigious award acknowledges the Global Animal Disaster Management Conference, hosted by Animal Evac New Zealand for its contribution to emergency management through its partnership with expert speakers to create the largest conference of its kind, with over 1500 online delegates registered.

The event was free to attend and present thanks to a wide range of sponsors including World Animal Protection, and 45 presentations were delivered and recorded over 10 days.

The conference also partnered with the Australian Journal of Emergency Management to see many of the presenters publish their presentations and research in this highly regarded open-access journal. The recorded video presentations are also to be launched at the GADMC Awards Ceremony on 31 July 2021.

The Conference Committee was Chaired by AENZ Patron Associate Professor Steve Glassey, with Professor Mel Taylor (Australia), Mr Gerardo Huertas (Costa Rica) and Mrs Christine Belcher (Australia).

“We have been overwhelmed with GADMC’s success, we certainly were not expecting it to have over 1,500 registered delegates. Our philosophy was to have it online, free and accessible to promote animal-inclusive resilient communities. The outputs from this event will be a major legacy for the body of knowledge around animals in disasters for years to come”.

The Conference Committee would like to that all its sponsors, and the IAEM and its Judges who conferred the award. The official presentation of the IAEM Award will take place at the IAEM 2021 Annual Conference, October 15-22, 2021, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA and GADMC plan to have a local representative receive the award on the Committee’s behalf.