Livestock-x-Environment E-conference (fwd)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 1997 14:25:26 -0500 (EST)
From: Bob Hart <bhart@nywork2.undp.org>
To: sard-news@nygate.undp.org
Subject: Livestock-x-Environment E-conference

!! Please pass this on to interested colleagues and friends!!

If you are involved in livestock production, policy formulation, 
research, or development activities and are concerned about the 
interaction between livestock production and environmental 
degradation, the International Livestock Research Institute 
(ILRI), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United 
Nations (FAO), the International Development Research Centre 
(IDRC) of Canada, and INFORUM (an International Non Governmental 
Organization), would like to invite you to participate in a 
global electronic conference from March 10 to May 24, 1997.

Since most stakeholders who are concerned about these issues do not 
have access to electronic mail, we are setting up a consultative 
process that will also include face-to-face local interviews and 
national roundtable discussions in 15-20 countries in Asia, Africa, 
and Latin America where short-term demand for livestock products is 
in conflict with longer-term concern for environmental degradation, 
such as deforestation, loss of biodiversity, land degradation, 
nutrient depletion, pollution from excessive nutrients, etc. 

The electronic conference will begin with an overview of the issues 
related to livestock and environment interactions and the types of 
environmental degradation that can be associated with: (a) grazing 
systems, (b) mixed crop/livestock systems, and (c) industrial 
(land-detached) livestock systems. Conferees will then have the 
option of dividing into groups organized by types of system to 
discuss and identify possible future policy and technology options 
and research and development strategies. Throughout the 12 week 
conference, the emphasis will be on sharing experiences and 
discussing issues of common interests that could lead to future 
cooperation among institutions with different perspectives but a 
common concern for human welfare and the design of policies and 
technologies that provide people with both environmental services 
(such as clean water and air, biodiversity, etc.) and important 
livestock products and services (such as meat, dairy products, 
manure, animal traction, and recycling wastes, etc.).

While the global electronic exchange will be conducted primarily
in English, some resources have been allocated for translation
from Spanish and French to English. More information will be
available soon.

This electronic conference is a follow-up activity to a multi-donor 
study on livestock and the environment that was coordinated by FAO, 
the World Bank and USAID.  Other donors that supported the study 
included Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, the 
Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.  Results of this study which 
has just been completed (January 1997) will be released as an input 
to this electronic conference at various stages.

The specific objectives of the consultative process (including
both the face-to-face and electronic components) are:

1. to give all stakeholders the opportunity to have their views 
on livestock, environment, and human welfare interactions included 
in a position paper to be developed at a global meeting in the 
Netherlands in June, 1997.

2. based on all stakeholders perspectives, to identify policy, 
research, and development strategies to alleviate the negative and 
enhance the positive impacts of livestock on natural resources in 
different types of livestock production systems in different 
countries and ecoregions

3. to identify areas of common interests which can lead to future 
research and development institutional collaboration, partnerships, 
networks, etc.


In order to participate in the electronic conference, you need to 
have access to Electronic Mail (E-Mail). The Listserver and various 
Lists that we will be using for the discussion have been set up 
on FAO's computer in Rome. To join the conference please:


Send an E-Mail message to the address:


What you put in the subject line of the E-Mail message is optional, 
but the text that you send should read:

Subscribe LxE-L

By sending in this subscription message you will be adding your 
E-Mail address to the Livestock and Environment Interaction List 
where we will begin our exchange of information before we divide 
into subgroups by subscribing to other Lists. After you send in 
this E-Mail message you should receive two E-Mail messages from 
Mailserv (the name of Listserver on the FAO computer). One message 
will be an acknowledgment from Mailserv that you are subscribed; 
the other message (also from Mailserv) will include information 
about how to unsubscribe from the LxE List and the request that 
you introduce yourself.


The message asking you to introduce yourself will include the 
instruction that you send a message to the address:


NOTE! this address is different from the address that you used to 
subscribe. This is the address that we will be using for the 
conference. Please follow the instructions and send an E-Mail 
address (to: LxE-L@mailserv.fao.org) that includes the following 

Your Name
E-Mail Address
Two or three sentences (no more!) describing your interest in 
livestock, environment, and human welfare issues.

Please subscribe and introduce yourself as soon as possible! The 
formal conference will begin March 10. If you have any problems 
subscribing or introducing yourself, please send an E-Mail message 
to either Bob Hart (Bhart@undp.org) or Victor Mares 

On behalf of the Electronic Conference organizing committee from 
ILRI, FAO, IDRC, and INFORUM, we look forwarded to your 
participation in this important event.
SARD-NEWS* _ Socioeconomic   Biophysical  _  SARD-FORUM INFORMATION
Nation    |  NATION-SOC    | NATION-BIO    |"*" indicates source list
Community |  COMMUNITY-SOC | COMMUNITY-BIO | Please respond to:
Farm      |_ FARM-SOC      | FARM-BIO     _| sard-news@undp.org