Animal Health and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Network – 5th Nov 2014

Executive Summary

The Animal Health and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Network (referred to as “the Network” hereafter) is a United Kingdom (UK) led initiative of the Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases. The Network brings together researchers (e.g. in veterinary science, epidemiology, animal science, modelling, GHG research, economics and food security) to explore links and synergies between animal diseases and GHG emissions intensities, and possible mitigation through disease control. The first regional Network workshop focussed on Africa and was held on 5th November 2014 in Addis Ababa in the margins of the ILRI@40 celebrations and alongside the regional meeting of the Global Strategic Alliance for the Coordination of Research on the Major Infectious Diseases of Animals and Zoonosis (STAR-IDAZ). The workshop was attended by 19 people bringing together researchers in relevant fields to exchange information on current studies via presentations and to discuss how to increase the uptake of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation strategies within the animal health community. A background to the development of the Network was given along with technical presentations from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), University of Bristol and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. The discussion sessions identified two methods for increasing the uptake of GHG mitigation measures. One being through shifting the focus to the benefits to human health resulting from an increased level of production. The second driver to be identified was that of the influence of market integration (especially in peri-urban areas). This report is a summary of key discussions, action points and outcomes from the meeting.

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