Theme 3: Livestock--Oral Sessions

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The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL), a multi-stakeholder partnership started in 2013 includes nine action networks (ANs). The networks are the working engine of GASL and are tasked with implementing activities, reports, providing evidence, guidelines and information on good practices demonstrated by the livestock sector. This paper outlines the activities of the network AN2 “Restoring Value to Grassland”, the purpose of which is to “maintain, restore and enhance environmental and economic value of grasslands, while promoting their social and cultural functions globally”. Since 2014, AN2 workshops have been held annually with scientists and stakeholders from rangeland/grassland biomes in Latin America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile), the Mediterranean (France, North Africa), Sub-Saharan Africa, Highland and Continental Plateaux (Tibetan Plateau/Mongolia/Atlas in Morocco), the mountainous regions of France, New Zealand and Vietnam, and the prairie area of Canada. A data base of 40 global grassland cases and a range of preferred practices have been compiled for these areas. A methodological framework is now available for assessing the contribution of grassland systems to multiple functions, along with the development of associated indicators that are aligned with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) - social, local development, production, economic and environmental. The framework has been built and tested using the global grassland cases. We present the results from three cases from Brazil, Vietnam and Argentina.

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Restoring Value to Grassland Initiative: To Maintain the Environmental and Economic Value of Grasslands and to Promote Their Social and Cultural Functions

The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock (GASL), a multi-stakeholder partnership started in 2013 includes nine action networks (ANs). The networks are the working engine of GASL and are tasked with implementing activities, reports, providing evidence, guidelines and information on good practices demonstrated by the livestock sector. This paper outlines the activities of the network AN2 “Restoring Value to Grassland”, the purpose of which is to “maintain, restore and enhance environmental and economic value of grasslands, while promoting their social and cultural functions globally”. Since 2014, AN2 workshops have been held annually with scientists and stakeholders from rangeland/grassland biomes in Latin America (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile), the Mediterranean (France, North Africa), Sub-Saharan Africa, Highland and Continental Plateaux (Tibetan Plateau/Mongolia/Atlas in Morocco), the mountainous regions of France, New Zealand and Vietnam, and the prairie area of Canada. A data base of 40 global grassland cases and a range of preferred practices have been compiled for these areas. A methodological framework is now available for assessing the contribution of grassland systems to multiple functions, along with the development of associated indicators that are aligned with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) - social, local development, production, economic and environmental. The framework has been built and tested using the global grassland cases. We present the results from three cases from Brazil, Vietnam and Argentina.