• Workshop on pastoralism and conservation

    Pastoralists frequently come into conflict with conservationists who accuse them of causing overgrazing and soil erosion. But that is far from the truth, according to recent research. On the contrary, pastoralists are often custodians rather than destroyers of biodiversity and … Continue reading

  • Role of livestock keepers in the Global Plan of Action

    LPP member Evelyn Mathias gave a presentation on the role of livestock keepers in the conservation of farm animal diversity and the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources at a meeting of European national coordinators on animal genetic … Continue reading

  • LPP 2007 annual report

    The 2007 Annual Report of the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development is now available here. The lead article describes the League’s role in advocacy for Livestock Keepers’ Rights. “Intellectual property rights on animal genetic resources are an … Continue reading

  • Biofuels in drylands threaten pastoralists

    High fuel prices have boosted interest in growing crops such as jatropha on sparsely populated drylands. But these lands are not empty: they are home, and vital grazing, for millions of pastoralists around the world. This press release, issued on … Continue reading

  • Livestock farming with nature

    “Pastoralists and small-scale livestock keepers are crucial to conserving farm animal genetic resources”, says this poster, presented by LPP at the 13th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 18-22 … Continue reading

  • Protected areas and Livestock Keepers’ Rights

    “How to destroy biodiversity in protected areas?” asks this poster. “Easy! Just ban traditional grazing there.” Banning pastoralists from traditional grazing areas alters the balance of wildlife, making scarce species such as leopards, lions and bustards even scarcer. This poster … Continue reading

  • Pastoralism and biodiversity

    Pastoralists and support organizations attending an international meeting on biodiversity have issued a statement demanding recognition for the role of pastoralists in conserving biodiversity. The ninth meeting of the Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity is taking … Continue reading

  • Herders care for biodiversity

    Every month, one more livestock breed becomes extinct… This 8-page booklet and accompanying poster, published by the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and the LIFE Network, highlight the issues and offer some solutions. Download booklet 393 kb … Continue reading

  • Booklet on endogenous livestock development

    Endogenous livestock development means putting small-scale livestock keepers and pastoralists at the centre of their own development. It means building on what they already do, and supporting their initiatives to improve their livelihoods, instead of imposing “solutions” from outside. LPP … Continue reading

  • The bright side of livestock

    The United Nations continues to see pastoralism as a main reason for desertification, says Drynet, a global initiative on drylands. But a large number of scientific studies contradict this, and instead show the positive effects of pastoralism as a land-use … Continue reading