Entitled: “Towards Implementation of Commodity-Based Trade of Beef in KAZA: Opportunities for Integrating Livestock Agriculture & Wildlife Conservation” On November 3-4, immediately following the State of KAZA Symposium at the same Victoria Falls venue, the above-mentioned workshop shall be held under the auspices of the KAZA Secretariat, in collaboration with the AHEAD Programme and FAO, and with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and the Planetary Health Alliance. One of the objectives of KAZA as listed in the Treaty (2011) is to “promote and facilitate the harmonisation of relevant legislation, policies and approaches in the area of transboundary animal disease prevention, surveillance and control within the KAZA TFCA.” However, within KAZA, wildlife and livestock production are in conflict due to the prevalence of animal diseases – especially foot and mouth disease (FMD) – that can be transmitted between wildlife and livestock. The workshop will bring together stakeholders from the livestock and wildlife sectors to discuss important opportunities associated with key 2015 changes to international disease management standards pertaining to beef trade – ones that facilitate an approach to beef production that is more compatible with wildlife conservation, and which would thus be a ‘win-win’ for sustainable and diversified land uses and livelihoods. The working meeting will focus on the important implications of this new enabling environment for harmonizing sectoral interests, as per OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) guidelines, including discussion of new, practical approaches to foot and mouth disease risk management that don’t completely rely on landscape-fragmenting fencing.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
KAZA TFCA Secretariat, AHEAD Programme, FAO