Swiss Event at EXPO Milano 2015

Milan, Italy - 25 June 2015

GASL Chair, Neil Fraser, made a presentation and took part in an interesting discussion at the event  “Sustainable livestock and climate smart agriculture: joint action for common challenges” which was co-organized by the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, FAO and the International Livestock Research Institute, and took place at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2015 Milan, on 25 June 2015.

The meeting was organised as a first conversation between three different initiatives operating at the nexus of livestock-environment-climate change-sustainability in order to explore opportunities for synergies and to build on the strengths of the different initiatives. These three bodies are the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL), the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA), particularly the Livestock Research Group (LRG) of the GRA.

One of the goals of the workshop was to identify synergies and potential areas of collaboration towards sustainable livestock development in view of the emerging Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Participants considered the connections between the three initiatives in terms of whether they should be combined into one, or remain separate. There was a diversity of views, with most in favour of retaining the comparative advantages of each but strengthening the interactions and ensuring there were no areas of redundancy. GASL identified a potential synergy with the GRA, where the LRG can provide science-based solutions and that GASL with its wide stakeholder membership can help to implement these solutions.  With GACSA, the GASL can provide enhanced knowledge about the livestock sector, develop common messages, and collaborate in targeted joint activities.

The conclusion was to keep the uniqueness of each initiative and make best use of the potential synergies towards joint efforts for sustainable livestock sector development.

These discussions were acknowledged as an important first step in fostering dialogue between the three initiatives, with the potential for continuing evolution based on further discussions. I have subsequently met with the Facilitation Unit of the GACSA, and the GASL Agenda Support Team will also follow-up to explore areas of joint activity and collaboration.