(Biocultural) Community Protocols officially accepted

Its official: The report of the 7th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working group on Animal Genetic Resources (ITWG-AnGR) that was just concluded makes reference to “the need to consider community protocols in relation to access to traditional knowledge associated with animal genetic resources“.

The Working group also invited FAO to “develop agreed definitions for what constitutes sustainable production and consumption, and sustainable management, in the livestock sector“. This is an important decision and development, considering that “Livestock sector sustainability” is such a crucial issue that is also taken up by the Global Agenda of Action towards sustainable livestock sector development (GAA). As far as I know, the term of  livestock sector sustainability has never been properly defined.

By the way, the launch of the GAA has now been scheduled for 22-24th January in Nairobi. We are very pleased and grateful that the GAA Secretariat has offerend to support the participation of four livestock keeper representatives. This was another pleasant development during my three days in Rome.

Now I am back in Delhi and looking forward to returning to Rajasthan shortly to prepare for Camel Charisma‘s exhibition sale during the Pushkar Camel fair at the end of November!

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About ikrweb

I'm a researcher, writer and activist passionately believing in animal cultures rather than animal industries. Since about 20 years I have been making my home among the Raika, the traditional camel and sheep herders of Rajasthan in India, and observed how their life has been changing... how economic development, forest policies, population growth and other factors are impacting their traditional way of life. With the help of my colleagues from Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (www.lpps.org) and League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (www.pastoralpeoples.org) I have been trying to support them in their struggle for cultural and economic survival. On this blog I would like to chronicle some of these efforts.
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