Protecting Animals Through The Disaster Risk Management Policy
In line with commitments made under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, National governments ought to pass a National Disaster Risk Management Policy.
This policy enables various sectors including the livestock sector to effectively protect animals before during and after disasters.
Kenya, is one of the signatories to the Sendai Framework but is yet to effect its National Disaster Management Policy. This has resulted to loss of livestock affecting farmers’ livelihoods following droughts in parts of the country.
Please sign our petition urging the Kenyan government to pass the National Disaster Risk Management Policy which was developed in 2013.
The Sendai Framework
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is an intergovernmental agreement that:
- is inspired by the realization that disasters happen, will happen more frequently and more violently in the future and do cause increasing damage to animals, people and the environment.
- seeks to establish global objectives on how to reduce the suffering caused by disasters.
The Sendai Framework guides international, regional and national action on disaster risk reduction, it suggests where national policies should focus their attention, what steps to take, who to involve in the process and how to work together.
The Sendai Framework will guide all work in this area for the next 15 year period and is closely linked to other recent agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement
What has been our approach?
Our main objective has been to get the Sendai Framework to reflect a global acknowledgement that animals suffer in disasters similar to humans, that animals are important to people and therefore animal protection must be a crucial element in the global disaster risk reduction approach and action.
To do this we are doing two things:
- We are changing people’s perception of animals. Rather than seeing animals as commodities we presented animals as productive assets.
-A productive asset is something people need to secure their livelihood.
-A productive asset is also something you need to take care off in order to preserve its productive capacity.
- We are also changing the narrative away from a focus on saving people’s lives and the physical infrastructure to securing people’s livelihoods so that suffering could be reduced, recovery sped up and development gains maintained.
50 years of disaster intervention
When disasters strike, the impact is devastating for animals and the communities that depend on them. So for more than 50 years, we have helped governments and communities prepare for disasters, enabling people to protect animals and rebuild their lives.
Tens of millions of people worldwide are dependent on their animals–for food, to earn a living, to stay healthy, as companions, for status, and to stay safe. That is why the lives of animals and people are fundamentally linked.
You can protect animals today by urging the Kenyan government to pass the National Disaster Risk Management Policy which was developed in 2013 that enables the livestock sector to effectively protect animals before during and after disasters.