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LEGS - New guidelines for livestock emergencies
Following the disastrous 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, several humanitarian organizations came forward to help households who had lost their livestock to rebuild herds and flocks by providing replacement animals. But most of the animal shelters in the affected areas had been destroyed, and there was also a major shortage of winter feed.
Consequently, many of the animals donated failed to survive. A newly-developed set of Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) published today is designed to prevent similar mistakes recurring and to ensure that the livelihoods of vulnerable livestock keepers are protected in future crises.
Specifically, the LEGS initiative includes a set of international guidelines, decision support tools and standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock interventions on behalf of populations in need of emergency relief.