The Yves Rocher Environmental Foundation has awarded its 2009 Trophée de femmes to LPP founder Ilse Koehler-Rollefson.
“The start of her engagement was a meeting with camel herders in Rajasthan,” says the foundation’s website. “They told her about their difficult situation and she discovered that the root of their problems was the loss of their traditional grazing grounds.”
Since then, Ilse has campaigned for offical recognition of the role herders play in conserving biological diversity. “Pastoralist cultures are keepers of important knowledge about how people can interact with nature in a sustainable way,” she says.
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