GIZ – CSLU project and SEARCA to hold webinar on low emission livestock systems

  • 30 August 2021, Monday

A virtual webinar on low emission and resilient pathways in livestock systems: towards sustainable climate-smart animal agriculture, eco-health, and food security will be held on 31 August 2021, 9:00 to 10:30 am (GMT + 7). It is organized by the GIZ-Climate Smart Land Use (CSLU) in ASEAN project and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) under its collaboration on the promotion of climate-smart agriculture through ASEAN policy documents and regional events.

The webinar aims to increase awareness and understanding of the interconnections among climate change, livestock production, eco-health, and food security; promote knowledge exchange among ASEAN Member States (AMS) on experiences in implementing policies and practices towards sustainable livestock production and management; and identify options how the insights generated can inform regional and national policies and programs.

In Southeast Asia (SEA), the livestock sector is an important contributor to national output, employment, and food security though its relative importance varies across the ASEAN Member States (AMS). Smallholder livestock production is still predominant in the less developed AMS where it contributes to poverty alleviation, food security and nutrition, and gender equality.  However, the sector is also one of the largest contributors to water pollution, a leading driver of deforestation, closely linked with biodiversity loss, and associated with greenhouse gas emissions.

Response to these interconnected challenges must be comprehensive, science-based, and innovative to allow the transformation of this agricultural system into a sustainable, climate-smart production system that will promote health and food security. Speakers at the webinar come from the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and Vietnam’s Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development (IPSARD).

The event is open to the public but is specifically targeted at ASEAN Climate Resilient Network (CRN) members, national focal points from different ASEAN working groups, development agencies, and research institutions.

The ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) is a platform for regional exchange, particularly for sharing information, experiences, and expertise on climate smart agriculture (CSA). It is being supported by the CSLU project, which aims to strengthen cooperation within and between AMS for promoting climate-smart land use in the ASEAN region. SEARCA is the SEA Ministers of Education Organization’s (SEAMEO) center of excellence in agriculture.