New LEGS Handbook to be released in February

20 January 2015 | Sphere Project

Mongolian herder. © Phuong Tran/IRIN Humanitarian response needs not only help save lives but also livelihoods, including protecting livestock. Photo: Mongolian herder. © Phuong Tran/IRIN

The second edition of the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) will be launched in London and Washington in February 2015.

About one billion people worldwide depend on livestock for their livelihoods, food security and nutrition, and many of them - and their animals - are affected by disasters, both natural and man-made. In such cases, humanitarian response needs not only help save lives but also livelihoods, including protecting livestock.

The Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards - or LEGS Handbook - provide a set of internationally-agreed standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock-focused humanitarian interventions.

LEGS handbook 2nd editionThe new, second edition of the LEGS Handbook has been fully revised and redesigned, with updated sections on key topics including cash and voucher transfers, climate change, support to livestock in camps, gender and animal welfare.

The Handbook includes guidance on participatory processes to identify appropriate livestock responses, followed by detailed information on destocking, veterinary support, the provision of feed and water, livestock shelter and settlement, and restocking.

The new edition can already be ordered from the publisher. Orders will ship in February. The handbook will also be available in PDF format for free download from the LEGS website from 1 February onwards.

The Handbook is available only in English at present. Versions in Arabic, French and Spanish will be available as PDF files via the website later this year.

Launch events: London, Washington, Nairobi

The new LEGS Handbook will be launched at the Overseas Development Institute in London on Monday, 9 February 2015 at 14:00. The event will be screened live on the ODI website. To attend the launch in person or to watch it online please sign-up here.

Additional launch events are planned for Washington, D.C. in late February and Nairobi in early March. Further information will be available on the LEGS website.

The LEGS Handbook was first published in 2009 following a broad consultation process. The LEGS Handbook and the Sphere Project's Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response are companion standards

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