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  • Tuesday, 06 April 2021 FECTU Webinar: L'éducation du jeune cheval de travail - The education of the young working horse
    Presented by Abel Ibanez Marti who is the president of the Spanish working horse association ANTA La Esteva. Abel is also a professional market gardener who has worked with horses for many years. This webinar is intended for all users and future users of working equines, and we want it to remain accessible to beginners. The more general objective of this series of webinars is to share different approaches to educating the young workhorse, respecting the principles of animal welfare, in order to enrich our personal experiences and give everyone the basic knowledge of these methods. The presentation is in French.
  • Thursday, 25 March 2021 FECTU Webinar: The importance of Working Equids in Mountain Areas
    Accepting the challenge proposed by the Mountain Partnership, the Equid Power Network* (www.equidpower.org) organised a virtual event to promote the importance of Working Equids in Mountain Areas, as a contribution to the celebrations held for International Mountain Day 2020. During this event, four guest speakers present different case studies from different parts of the world, highlighting the economic, ecologic and social importance and of working equids in mountain areas. Study cases: Case 1. Soil Conservation in Mountain Areas: Challenges and Threats. The (low) impact of animal traction in agroforestry management in mountains. Tomás de Figueiredo, IPB - Polytechnic Institute of Bragança / CIMO - Mountain Research Centre, Portugal. Case 2. Working Equids and the Production Chains in Rural Communities in the Central and South American Mountain Areas. Eduardo Santurtun, The Donkey Sanctuary México. Case 3. The Importance of Working Mules in the Tourism Sector in Nepal and How They Contribute to the Livelihood of Mountain Communities. Hari Joshi, Animal Nepal. Case 4. The Contribution of Working Equids to Sustaining the Livelihoods of Ethiopian Highlanders. Bojia Duguma, The Donkey Sanctuary Ethiopia. *The Equid Power Network is a coalition created by: - FECTU (European Draught Horse Federation) - The Donkey Sanctuary - World Horse Welfare with the aim to highlight the benefits of working equids by promoting their responsible use and care, recognising them as a valid, affordable, clean and renewable power source, as well as their value to human livelihoods through their contribution to financial, ecological and social capital.
  • Thursday, 18 March 2021 FECTU Webinar with Tamara Tadich: Overview of the welfare of working equids in Latin America
    Tamara Tadich talks about the different types of work equids do in Latin America, and the welfare challenges they have! Biographical note: Tamara Tadich, She studied veterinary medicine at the Universidad Austral de Chile, afterwards she continued her studies with an MSc. in Equine Sciences (univ of Edinburgh) and PhD in Veterinary Sciences (Universidad Austral de Chile). Currently she is an associate professor at the Veterinary Faculty of the Universidad de Chile and does teaching and research in animal behavior and welfare of equids.
  • Thursday, 04 March 2021 FECTU Webinar - Thinking but not Learning: Issues around concepts of sustainability illustrated through the example of working animals
  • Sunday, 28 February 2021 Working Animal Alliance (WAA)
    The Working Animal Alliance (WAA) is a strategic coalition of stakeholders seeking to raise awareness of the contribution working animals make towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The WAA believes that the critical contribution working animals provide towards the life of people is largely overlooked, despite spanning several areas of activities, including economic development, fighting poverty, climate change mitigation and the dissemination of diseases. Worldwide, working animals are very frequently one of the most valuable assets that people own: they facilitate income generation, enable resource provision, allow access to education and further gender empowerment. The Alliance is an informal group of countries, intergovernmental bodies and relevant stakeholders who will focus on emphasizing the crucial contribution of the world’s 200 million working animals towards the livelihood of hundreds of communities. It will take coordinated activities aiming to strengthen synergies across sectors and to support the delivery of the SDGs. It intends to work with countries that have large working animal populations and that are planning to present their the Voluntary National Reviews, to help highlight working animals’ contribution to development reflected in their reports. Joining the initiative is free. More information regarding the Alliance can be found at the Alliance’s webpage: www.workinganimalalliance.org
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