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December 18, 2107

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) called for action on improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems.

To support decision-making with evidence also in this area, the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership has been developing LEAP guidelines for environmental quantification of nutrient flows and impact assessment in livestock supply chains since 2016.

I am very pleased to announce on behalf of the Secretariat the public review of these reference guidelines.

The draft for public review available from here was developed by the Technical Advisory Group on nutrients (Nutrient TAG) of the LEAP Partnership. The Nutrient TAG is composed of 43 experts from academia, government agencies, the private sector, NGOs and CSOs. This draft provides a comprehensive and detailed guidance on how to quantify the nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P) flows and associated potential impacts such as eutrophication and acidification along livestock supply chains.

In order to have the views of your organization reflected in this technical document, you are kindly encouraged to activate your technical services and provide feedback making use of the template available for download from here.

Comments can also be submitted by individuals.

All experts who will contribute and improve the technical quality of this document through submission of their comments will be acknowledged in the LEAP guidelines. Feedback must be submitted to Livestock-Partnership@fao.org Changes can be proposed until February 28th 2018.

Feel free to disseminate this news through your network.

Thanks for your kind collaboration.



Manager of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership


Livestock information, Sector Analysis and Policy Branch (AGAL)  – Animal Production and Health Division (AGA)

Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, Room C 535, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy

e-mail: Camillo.DeCamillis@fao.org  |   http://www.fao.org/partnerships/leap


LEAP is a growing community. Over the past year, Brazil , Canada , Costa Rica , Hungary  and Uruguay  have joined us. More and more countries are also active at the LEAP Steering Committee level.

Countries and new partners enter in the Partnership upon submission of the compiled application form available from here and clearance by the FAO’s Partnership Office.