GCUAW10 Animal Welfare and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA) Workshop: Animal Welfare and the Sustainable Development Goals” was held 18-20 June at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.
The workshop aimed at integrating animal welfare issues with their relevant sustainability development goals (SDGs) to identify knowledge-gaps and expand ideas of how to address them. Focus was on domesticated animals, mainly those kept for food production, draught and companion animals, but wild animals, whose natural environment is diminishing on account lf the increased global population and its need for natural resources will also be considered.
By using the methodology described in Nilsson, Griggs and Visbeck (2016, Nature, 534:320-322) links between animal welfare and the seventeen SDGs were first mapped, then prioritized and finally scored. Participants from SLU, BOKU, FAO, OIE, Michigan State University, University of Chile and the University of Rwanda engaged in this brain-twisting activity. A cross impact analysis following Weitz et al. (2018, Sustain Sci 13:531-548) was applied to identify knowledge gaps and future research areas to integrate animal welfare into broader sustainable goals and to monitor progress.