As the effects of climate change impact ecosystems and communities, the protection of working animals around the globe needs to be included in climate change discussions.

We believe that working animals, including over 40 million donkeys, are both impacted by climate change and can play a part in finding solutions to the issues caused. Therefore, donkeys and other working animals need to be included in climate change discussions at all levels.

As the attention of the world pivots to Glasgow for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), we are calling for attendees to:

  • Help ensure that working animals get adequate recognition as socio-economic assets and appropriate protection when facing climate change-related disasters
  • Help develop long-term knowledge of how working animals contribute to sustainable development, climate change and, in particular, in disaster preparation and relief plans through collaboration and partnerships
  • Help encourage authorities to see working animals as a priority area for discussion at UN meetings
  • Help develop welfare provisions for working animals included in disaster mitigation and adaptation plans for climate change.

Building capacity for resilience

The work we do is an instrumental part of crafting solutions to climate change. As we support donkeys and mules across the globe, we discover how donkey and mule-owning communities can build resilience and adaptation plans to help counter climate change effects and recover after crises.