Ministries of agriculture and civil defenses join forces to protect animals
Together with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC), the week-long meeting analysed the importance of assessing how disasters impact the livestock sector and developing a harmonised methodology to measure this impact
Being able to understand the impact of disasters on animals will help governments recognise the importance of including animals in their disaster risk reduction plans and policies and therefore protect the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations.
The meeting was attended by representatives from ministries of agriculture, civil defenses, municipalities, the private sector and international organisations from central America.
They all agreed on the need for protecting animals during disasters and creating standardised methods to measure the impact of disasters on livelihoods.
We will continue to influence governments to include animals in their disaster risk reductions plans and policies through our International Animals in Disasters Initiative that aims to bring non-governmental organisations, governments and international organisations together.
We will help by strengthening the capacity in preparedness and management of animals in disasters.