A Palestinian shepherd takes sheep to a rehabilitated water well.

Climate change: a new approach needed to measure the impact of animal health on emissions |

Diseases affecting animals – as well as their longevity and productivity – have a major impact on emissions. However, there is currently no standardized way to measure progress so that improved animal health can be included in national climate commitments.

Partners defend Larger investments in establishing systems for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV).

“This report marks A breakthrough in highlighting the importance of animal health and directing countries towards a more nuanced approach in assessing their role and how it should be In national commitments to help mitigate the climate crisisMaria Helena Semedo said, FAO Deputy General Manager.

Animal health is vital

The UN agency released the report together with the Global Dairy Platform, which promotes responsible food production, and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.

The Food and Agriculture Organization considers animal health to be vital to sustainable livestock production. Animal products are not only a source of high-quality food, but also a source of income for many small farmers and animal owners, contributing significantly to the livelihoods and economies of many developing countries.

Donald Moore, CEO of Global Dairy Platform, said the livestock sector provides vital nutrition and livelihoods to more than a billion people worldwide.

Address critical vulnerabilities

The report shows how governments and industry can work together on climate solutions and is part of an initiative by the global dairy industry to reduce emissions over the next 30 years.

While this report clearly Illustrate the opportunity to improve animal health to contribute to climate mitigation, and highlight the need to address critical data gaps and capacity building in low- and middle-income countries, in particular,” Mr. Moore said.

The report shows how countries can develop a national MRV, using detailed methodologies developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).IPCC).

manure management

One method, known as Tier 1, allows only estimates of emissions per animal with regional averages, while Tier 2 examines specific local production systems.

Data on forage for different animal classes and manure management systems are also important because they have a strong influence on emission factors.

The recommendations in the report include Establish a data collection and maintenance system, while the capacity of governments and partners to calculate emissions should be strengthened Calculate the impact at all stages of the value chain.

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A Palestinian shepherd takes sheep to a rehabilitated water well.

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