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Animal Health and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intensity Network (AHN) is an international network focusing on the interplay between animal health and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a systemic perspective.

Improved animal health contributes to greater gains in efficiency and productivity, which in turn helps reduce the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) intensity of livestock farming.

AHN aims to bring together researchers, governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector from multiple backgrounds to:

  • discuss and find inter-disciplinary approaches to understand and tackle the impacts of climate change on animal health and the impacts of animal health on the environment. In this aspect, the interrelation of diseases with feeding, breeding, immune response and the consequential impacts on GHG emissions both in terms of emissions intensity and absolute emissions are of great interest to the Network (Figure 1).
  • advance the process of integrating animal health interventions to policy settings such as linking animal health data and disease surveillance systems to Tier 2 GHG inventories and the updates of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Figure 1: Overview of livestock health and pathogen modelling, and interactions with other modelling disciplines (Source: Özkan et al. (2016))

Planned Activities

  • The network is putting together a COST application (due October 2022)
  • The network is engaged in a policy brief on how to incorporate animal health interventions to climate policies

Past Activities

2022 AHN Workshop, Orlando, USA

2021 AHN Online Workshop

2017 AHN Webinar

2016 AHN Third Annual Workshop, Elsinore, Denmark  

2015 GRA Livestock Research Groups Networks Workshop, Reading, UK

2015 FACCE-JPI MACSUR/AHN Joint Workshop, Reading, UK

2015 AHN Second Annual Workshop, Montpellier, France

2014 AHN Regional Workshop, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2014 AHN First Annual Workshop, Dublin, Ireland

Relevant publications by members & further reading

Network coordinators brought together a list of papers relevant to the network activities that can be found here. Members are encouraged to send any updates on recent work related to the animal health and environment domain to the co-leads.

Relevant projects by members

  • Sustainable ruminant production: Feed, microbiome and immune efficiency in low and high methane emitting dairy cows. LINK
  • ClearFarm: Improving animal welfare through precision livestock farming (PLF) technology. LINK

Twitter account

Follow us at @AHN_GRA

Membership

According to the updated list of membership as of February 2022, the network has 44 members from 17 countries.

Contact co-leads to join the network and share experiences and ideas:

Şeyda Özkan (FAO)Nick Wheelhouse (Napier University)
[email protected][email protected]

Relevant links

GASL, STAR-IDAZ, IVVN, GBADS

CLIFF-GRADS funds PhD students from developing countries to collaborate with a host Institution with equipment or expertise that benefits their project.