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Asia regional webinar: Unsustainable livestock farming and its alternatives in a time of COVID-19

27 Apr 2020
Zoom meeting (in English), 9:00 am India Standard Time

The Global Forest Coalition (GFC) invites you to participate in a webinar series on unsustainable livestock production and alternatives to it, taking place throughout April. These webinars build on a series of regional open dialogues that GFC recently hosted, starting with an African regional dialogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in September 2019 which took place back-to-back with the 3rd African Animal Welfare Conference. The Latin American dialogue was then held in Santiago de Chile at the People’s Summit in December 2019 and lastly, the Asian regional dialogue took place in February 2020 in Bogor, Indonesia.

These events highlighted commonalities between the different regions, as well as dynamics specific to them. The extent to which agro-industrial livestock and feedstock production is responsible for deforestation, biodiversity loss, GHG emissions, land grabbing, rights violations for Indigenous Peoples and local communities, and health issues in both urban and rural contexts was made clear by participants, who shared their experiences. A comprehensive report on the outcomes of the dialogues can be found here xxxx-link to report.

To build on the conversations that have already started and take stock of the stark changes that the world is facing as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly expands, we are organizing 3 follow-up regional dialogues the coming months, including a global dialogue. The webinars will present the results from each of the regional dialogues, and discuss at a regional level the links between the coronavirus outbreak, industrial livestock farming, climate change, deforestation & biodiversity loss, food sovereignty, health, and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Recently, international bodies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) have recognized the livestock industry as one of the most harmful sectors, which has put a spotlight on the issue globally and given campaigning on livestock and feedstock production momentum in international and national policy arenas.

Guest speakers will address the impacts of agro-industrial livestock and feedstock production in their countries, as well as the traditional and agro-ecological practices that are threatened because of it. They will also look at the implications of COVID-19 for Indigenous Peoples, pastoralists, and peasant farmers, and the struggles that they face. Finally, we will discuss strengthening the Global Alliance on Unsustainable Livestock and ideas for effective advocacy work.

The proposed program for the Asia-Pacific dialogue is as follows:
Facilitator:  Hubertus Samagun (ICTI Tanimbar-Indonesia) (TBC)

Introduction to the dialogue – Isis Alvarez (Unsustainable Livestock Campaign Coordinator)

Presenting Results from Asia regional dialogue in Bogor (Feb.2020) – Anara Alymkulova (TBC)

Proposed program:

Azra Sayeed (Roots for Equity-Bangladesh) – Women Agricultural Workers
Kannayian Subramaniam (La Via Campesina-India) – Small-peasant farmers and Free-Trade Agreements (TBC)
Giovanni Reyes (ICCA Consortium-Philippines) – Territories of Life and COVID-19
Wangqin (Brighter Green- China)  – Increased meat consumption in China (TBC)
Bhola Bhattarai (NAFAN-Nepal) – Meat reduction in Nepal (TBC)
Anna Kirilenko (BIOM-Kyrgyzstan) – CCRI in Kyrgyzstan: pastoralist communities (TBC)
Aydah Vahia (NIPS – Solomon Islands) – Livestock rearing in Solomon Islands (TBC)
Space for Q&A and dialogue

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If you are willing to participate, please register via link xxxxxxx (before April April 24th). We will be sending details for a zoom call – if you still don’t have downloaded the platform, please do so via zoom.us