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2024 - the year of the camelids

By resolution of 20 December 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation (UNO) proclaimed 2024 the Year of the Camelid. In addition to camels and dromedaries, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos also belong to the camelid family.


In its resolution, the UNO, among other things, that...


… camelids constitute the main means of subsistence for millions of poor families that live in the most hostile ecosystems on the planet, and that they contribute to the fight against hunger, the eradication of extreme poverty, the empowerment of women and the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,


… camelids are a main source of protein, fibre for clothes and fertilizer for agricultural production, and that they serve as pack animals, transporting people and products in indigenous communities throughout South America’s extensive Andean highlands, as well as in deserts in Africa and Asia,


… that camelids can play a key role in addressing the effects of climate change, in particular in arid and semi-arid lands, and that recognition, advocacy and support for the promotion of the products and services that they provide is of paramount importance for the livelihoods of the communities that depend on them,

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