Livestock are playing an increasing role in the global sustainable development agenda. A strong entry point for improving livestock sector contributions to sustainability is through better incorporation of environmental objectives in livestock sector investments, leading to improved environmental performance.


Recognizing this opportunity, project teams at the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began developing the ISL Guide in 2017, launching it to the public in June 2019. The preparation of this guide placed strong emphasis on understanding the needs of project teams and the challenges they face in preparing and implementing development projects that involve livestock. To that end, five learning and sharing events were organized in 2017 and 2018 involving more than 100 potential users (policymakers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia) in Asia (Myanmar), Latin America (Costa Rica), and Africa (Ethiopia), and at a global meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock in Mongolia.


The below figure represents the outcomes of stakeholder discussions about the desired elements of the tool – processes, impacts, and activities.


Desired Elements of the Guide


Figure: Desired elements of the guide. The three categories are red (top), which indicates process requirements; orange (bottom right), which indicates impacts; and blue (bottom left), which indicates activities.