The LEGS Handbook

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The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) are a set of international guidelines and standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock interventions to assist people affected by humanitarian crises.

LEGS presents clear and practical options for supporting livestock during and following disasters. The handbook provides guidance on participatory processes to identify appropriate livestock responses, followed by detailed information on destocking, veterinary services, the provision of feed and water, livestock shelter and settlement, and restocking.

Each technical chapter of the handbook contains minimum standards, key indicators, and guidance notes, together with decision-making tools and a discussion of key cross-cutting issues.

First published in 2009, LEGS has drawn on lessons learned from the Sphere Project, including the value of a wide consultative process, the involvement of both policy makers and practitioners, the rights-based approach and the independence from any single organization, thereby helping to ensure a wide uptake and acceptance.

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