GDSA participates in a workshop on integrating livestock agriculture and wildlife conservation

Workshop participants wave for the camera.

Workshop participants wave for the camera.

November 3-4, 2016 (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe): The GDSA Secretariat participated in a workshop on 'Opportunities for Integrating Livestock Agriculture and Wildlife Conservation' hosted by the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) Secretariat. The workshop was co-organized by AHEAD (Animal & Human Health for the Environment And Development – a programme of Cornell University and the Planetary Health Alliance) and the FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

More than 100 invited delegates converged at this forum. Delegates included representatives from the livestock agriculture and wildlife conservation sectors as well as government officials, representatives from affected farming communities and the private sector, researchers, NGOs, International Cooperating Partners and colleagues from regional and international regulatory bodies.

As noted in FAO coverage of the event, "addressing disease issues that are a result of the coexistence of wildlife and livestock is important to the international trade of beef.  Given the importance of both the livestock and wildlife sectors to many countries across the region, Southern Africa has been reevaluating how best to manage risks from diseases like foot and mouth disease (FMD), as well as the costs and environmental impacts of various disease management options, including veterinary fences. The primary goal is to help Africa's pastoralists and farmers and at the same time protect free-ranging wildlife."

The final workshop report can be found online at this link