The AfLP Livestock CoP seeks to strengthen the development of climate-resilient livestock systems by supporting decision makers with guidance and technical knowledge to prioritize and integrate research and development activities and climate finance and investment mechanisms in planning processes. The livestock CoP also aims to support research institutions in building the new evidence & understanding on the projected impacts of climate variability and change on livestock systems and the potential of adaptation and mitigation measures, and developing tracking methods, instruments and protocols for monitoring progress of implementing these measures. By engaging in country- and regional level partnerships, the CoP enhances awareness raising and experience sharing on livestock development measures that contribute to productivity, nutrition security, increase resilience and income, create employment for rural populations, and pursues to address the socio-economic issues by involving representatives of most vulnerable groups such as women, youth, local communities and indigenous people in decision-making processes.
As other sectors decarbonise, livestock emissions will account for an increasing proportion of emissions in many countries. Therefore, as countries enter the implementation phase of their updated NDCs, it is an opportune time to work with climate leaders on the continent to share existing knowledge, address common challenges, and develop and share solutions that can move forward climate action in the livestock sector. There is no other livestock-focused CoP at the continental level in Africa, so there is a clear gap to fill.
In line with the overall objectives of the AfLP, the longer-term aim of a livestock CoP would be to enhance capacities for the design and implementation of long-term low emissions, climate-resilient development pathways (LTS) in the livestock sector across Africa. Specific objectives are:
- To enhance CoP members’ capacities to design and implement LEDS in the livestock sector;
- To increase the number of stakeholders involved in LTS-related processes engaged in co-learning on livestock sector LEDS design and implementation;
- To share knowledge, tools and skills among CoP members and their stakeholders; and
- To develop a demand-driven, peer-to-peer learning platform for sharing, engagement and communication on LEDS design and implementation in the livestock sector