• 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

  • Now drink daily to your health: camel’s milk….

    The Hindu, a leading English-language newspaper in India, carried a front-page story on 9 April 2008 about efforts to promote camel milk in Rajasthan. Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan, LPP’s partner in Rajasthan,is forging links between camel herders and the dairy industry. … Continue reading

  • League to coordinate workshop at Planet Diversity

    LPP will coordinate a workshop on Tuesday 13 May 2008 as part of the Planet Diversity world congress on food and agriculture in Bonn, Germany. The workshop is entitled “Indigenous livestock breeds and livelihoods in marginal areas: From ‘destroyers of … Continue reading

  • Rolex features LPP founder

    Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2008 provides an update of the work of LPP founder Ilse Koehler-Rollefson. An Associate Laureate of the 2002 Rolex Awards, Ilse has been working with and campaigning for the Raika people in India and their animals … Continue reading

  • Pastoralists seek recognition as stewards of biodiversity

    The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity commits it signatory countries to protect and encourage customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that are compatible with conservation and sustainable use requirements (Article 10c). Many traditional pastoralist … Continue reading

  • German TV features Raika

    The Raika camel pastoralists of Rajasthan were featured on the German TV travel programme VOXTours on 26 January 2008. The programme highlighted the work of LPP project coordinator Ilse Koehler-Rollefson and LPP’s partner organization Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan to develop alternative … Continue reading

  • Environmental service payments for pastoralists?

    An article in the first issue of News from Drynet contains a call for rewarding pastoralists for their environmental services. The article, by LPP’s Ilse Koehler-Rollefson, stresses the need to maintain livestock diversity. “Studies have shown that drylands have produced … Continue reading

  • Rajasthan Chief Minister commits to camels

      11 January 2008 was the first death anniversary of Bhopala Ram Raika, a famous leader of the Raika camel pastoralists of Rajasthan. Thousands of Raika gathered to mark the event, with Vasundhra Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, as guest … Continue reading

  • Interlaken conference report online

    “Advocating livestock keepers’ rights”, a report of LPP’s work at the International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources at Interlaken, Switzerland in September 2007, is now available. The report details LPP’s work in the build-up to the conference and during … Continue reading

  • Keepers of Genes film available

    Keepers of Genes, a 28-minute documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker Moving Images, documents the role played by pastoralists in preserving animal biodiversity and the key issues confronting them today. The film accompanies a 2007 book, Keepers of genes: The interdependence … Continue reading