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ILRI GEF-Asia project participates in two global biodiversity events in India and Pakistan

On 15th October, the ILRI Global Environment Fund (GEF)-Asia project ‘Development and application of decision-support tools to conserve and sustainably use genetic diversity in indigenous livestock and wild relatives’ will participate at a side event during the Convention on Biological Diversity eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CBD COP11).

The side event on, Strategic plan 2011-2020: Sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity, is being jointly organized by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The event will present the experiences from a variety of countries which have undertaken GEF supported projects (implemented by UNEP and FAO) on different aspects of conservation and use of agricultural biodiversity. The various projects will be show-casing their activities and achievements in sustainable use of components of agricultural biodiversity will be presented. The event will be held in Hyderabad, India.

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Beetal Goats in Pakistan

Male Beetal goats at Eid festival markets near Lahore, Pakistan (photo credit: ILRI/M. Sajjad Khan)

The second event, National Goat Show 2012, will be held on 19-21 October in Pakistan. This event is an animal show organized by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad as a teaching tool for training young people in animal agriculture.

‘The show is being organized to:

  • Raise public awareness on availability of diversity in goats and conservation of indigenous goat breeds
  • Promote awareness at public level for raising of good quality goats as pets, for sacrifice and for commercial purposes
  • Organize goat farmers into an association for augmentation of breed improvement and conservation efforts
  • Achieve student teaching and demonstration regarding indigenous breeds of goats available in Pakistan’

Among the activities at this event will include, milk competition, individual and flock beauty competitions and weight competition.

This event has been supported by GEF, UNEP, the ILRI led CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish, Endowment Fund Secretariat, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Livestock and Dairy Development Department, and Youth Festivals 2012, Government of Punjab.

The GEF-Asia project is led by Okeyo Mwai, while the genetic characterization component is led by Han Jianlin. This project aims to enhance livestock keepers’ awareness of the importance of the genetic conservation of indigenous livestock while helping them to raise their incomes through adoption of indigenous livestock breeds. The project is being implemented in Vietnan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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