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  • Maintaining mobility and managing drought - Policy options for pastoral livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa

18 October to 13 December 2006

The goal of this e-conference is to discuss and review two policy options papers “Community Based Drought Management for the Pastoral Livestock Sector in Sub-Saharan Africa” and “Investing in Maintaining Mobility in Pastoral Systems of the Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Sub-Saharan Africa” that have been written for the ALIVE multi-actor Partnership. The main purpose of these policy option papers is to inform African policy makers and decision makers in international aid and financial institutions on the latest developments in key areas important for pro-poor livestock development, and provide them with common and shared options on how to address them.

The e-conference will be conducted in two sessions.

1. Pastoral livelihoods between aid dependence and self-reliant drought management

2. Mobility - the key to making sustainable use of arid and semi-arid areas in sub-Saharan Africa?


  • Grazing and land degradation in CIS countries and Mongolia

10 June to 30 July 2005

This electronic conference is part of a consultative process that include the review of the main factors affecting the natural resources and livestock development in CIS countries and Mongolia from a technical, economic and policy perspective. The results of this electronic conference will be fed into a face-to face workshop that will take a place in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic , on August 15-17 and 18-19, 2005. The objective of this electronic conference is to outline the current state on natural resources and land degradation; identify the main causes of grassland degradation and to discuss the current and future trends and opportunities for pastoral systems with the experts from the region. The goal is to be able to produce a document which formulates guidelines for the implementation of livestock projects that can effectively address the social, environmental and pastoral issues; the needs of research and development institutions and the policy framework. 


  • Wildlife/livestock production systems cohabitation or competition - Where do we stand today? Shall we change the approach?

25 October to 31 January 2005

Three themes have been successively introduced and debated during 9 weeks.

Theme 1 : Values and uses of biodiversity resources: where are we? Which perspectives for herders?

Theme 2: Wildlife / Livestock interface What is the sanitary risk today? How to manage it?

Theme 3: Pasture lands and protected areas: Between political games and wildlife conservation issues.

The proceedings of this conference are available in French only. 


  • Pastoralism: evolution of the tenure and management of land and other resources

4 November to 31 January 2003

This electronic conference is part of a consultation process that confront several points of view (breeders, technicians, economists, researchers, non-governmental organisations, decision makers) around one of four major themes approached on the LEAD francophone platform: Pastoralism and dry regions. The mission of this conference is to produce a document that will not only be a rich source of information, but will also define courses of action and create new research areas on livestock and environment interactions in the political and practical extensive breeding in the arid region of the Sahel. The main themes for discussion are pastoralism and protected areas; current trends regarding the interactions between pastoralism and agricultural: the effects on pastoral societies; degradation and restoration: rangeland rehabilitation in semi- arid and arid zones: fiction or reality? and; perception of risks and risk management by pastors: how to improve conceptions and aid intervention?

The proceedings of this conference are available in French only. 


  • Potential of silvopastoral systems for the generation of environmental services

22 October - 23 November 2001

This electronic conference focusses on analyzing biophysical, socioeconomical and regulatory aspects for the generation of knowledge and future development of payment for environmental services in tropical livestock production systems. The main themes of the discussion are: carbon sequestration and market mechanisms in silvopastoral systems; knowledge of the types of biodiversity conservation in silvopastoral systems; risk analysis of inducing more deforestation by payment of services; reactions from large or small producers regarding the payment mechanism for environmental services and policy and management of payments for environmental services.

The proceedings of this conference are available in Spanish only.


  • Area-wide integration of specialized crop and livestock production

18 June to 3 August 2000

This Electronic Conference is part of a consultative process which includes a review of the experiences made in various countries from a technical, economic and policy perspective. The results of this electronic conference were used to draft guidelines for Area Wide Integration. The goal it to produce a document which formulates guidelines for the implementation of Area Wide Integration in a way that effectively assists decision-makers in optimizing the siting of animal production from an environmental, public health and social perspective. 


  • Balancing livestock, the environment and human needs

10 March to 24 May 1997

This conference, as part of the first phase of the LEAD Initiative identified, at a global scale, the consequences of increased pressure on grazing and mixed farming systems and the dangers of the shift to industrial modes of production. It highlighted the close interaction between government policies and the environmental impact of livestock production, and showed the large number of technologies, which are available to mitigate the negative effects in all different production modes, provided the appropriate policy framework is in place.