First focus area workshop of the Global Agenda of Action for a Sustainable Livestock Sector, 2-4 April

The Global Agenda of Action for a Sustainable Livestock Sector will hold its first focus area workshop at FAO in Rome from 2-4 April, 2012. The theme is “Closing the efficiency gap”. How will  “efficiency” be defined and which factors will be taken into account? A major focus will be on green house gas emissions per unit of livestock product, but will externalities also be figured in, such as biodiversity, disease outbreaks, soil fertility, etc? This will be an interesting process to observe – and influence! The tentative agenda of the workshop is here.

Rajasthan’s Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary to become National Park

The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary has sustained for centuries the livestock of the local communities, including this herd of camels.

In the beginning of February, India’s Ministry of  Environment and Forests (MOEF) announced its approval for converting the Kumbhalgarh Widlife Sanctuary into a National Park. The customary users of the protected area were given a time window to register any complaints and this has led to a flurry of meetings. LPP’s local partner organisation, Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan, is assisting with paperwork and legal advice. It will be interesting to see how this case plays out, as several villages are in the process of applying for Forest Rights. Moreover, the Raika pastoralists have already developed a Biocultural Community Protocol.

Jaisalmer Camel Breeders’ Biocultural Protocol in the works

The Jaisalmer camel breeders have incredible knowledge about animal breeding annd their eco-system.

The Jaisalmeri camel breeders still have large herds of camels, in addition to keeping other types of livestock, incl. cattle, sheep and goats. They are currently establishing a Biocultural Protocol with the help of LPP’s partner organisation Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS). This process is urgent since the customary grazing areas of these communities are encroached upon rapidly –  especially by companies that seek to generate alternative energies (wind and solar). Read more about this issue here.

Camel Charisma opens its first store

Camel Charisma is a social enterprise that supports the Raika and other camel breeders to develop and market products from their camels. On 1st February it opened a tiny retail outlet near Ranakpur in Rajasthan.