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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (the FAO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (now the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior), a primary sponsor of Movebank. The main goal of this partnership is to better understand interaction between wild animals, livestock, and humans, and the species-jumping diseases that can threaten human health and food security.

The EMPRES Wildlife Health and Ecology Unit at FAO supports the Movebank vision of sharing and archiving animal tracking data which has multiple conservation and health implications, including insights into the role of wildlife in the translocation of infectious diseases. The EMPRES Wildlife Unit uses Movebank to archive its own tracks, collected to study how wildlife may impact the spread of disease in livestock.