Workshop for the Focus Area “Reduced discharge”

24- 27 April, Seoul, South Korea

The Agenda of Action is built on the notion thatdemand growth for livestock products will likelycontinue for decades to come as incomes and humanpopulations continue to grow. Such demand growthwill need to be accommodated within the context of afinite and sometimes dwindling natural resource base,and will be faced with the need to respond to climatechange, both adapting and mitigating. Growth alsorepresents an opportunity for social and economicdevelopment that many developing and middle incomecountries would not want to miss. Livestock alsoprovide numerous opportunities for enhanced foodsecurity and livelihood support that need to be takenadvantage of.

Comprehensive and urgent action is required to enablethe livestock sector to meet a variety of economic,social, environmental and health objectives and embarkto develop a Global Agenda of Action in supportof sustainable livestock sector development. Sucha Global Agenda of Action will address the naturalresource challenges of the global livestock sector andaim at improving natural resource use efficiency. Land,water and nutrients will be the initial primary focus.

Stakeholders of the Agenda agreed on natural resourceuse efficiency in the livestock sector, covering entirecommodity chains, as the thematic focus of theagenda. Initially, the Agenda will be concerned withthree focus areas, namely “closing the efficiency gap”,“restoring value to grassland”, and “towards zerodischarge”.

Workshop Objective:

To develop a work programme for the Focus Area“Towards Zero Discharge” for the Sustainable LivestockAgenda, including:

  • To identify targets in terms of production systems,commodities, regions, socio-economic context;
  • To identify gaps in knowledge and capacities andway of addressing these;
  •  To identify comparative advantage and added valueof the Agenda of Action ;
  • To identify priorities themes and themes for targets;> T o broaden the Agenda’s basis of involvement andidentify additional partners for this area;
  • To review the outputs from previous meetings andcarry on the design of an Action Programme