Biocultural Community Protocols

A tool for pastoralists to secure customary rights to the commons?

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

Common Voices, Issue 2, 2010. Foundation for Ecological Security

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The black sheep of Rajasthan

Ellen Geerlings

Seedling, October 2004. pp 11-16.


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Livestock Keepers’ Rights

A rights-based approach to invoking justice for pastoralists and biodiversity conserving livestock keepers

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson and Evelyn Mathias

Policy Matters 17, pp 113-115. 2010

Adapted livestock breeds enable their keepers to take advantage of common property resources. They are an important resource for maintaining food security in remote areas and in the adaptation to climate change. To ensure their long-term survival, the livestock keepers who have bred and nurtured these breeds need a bundle of rights that enable them to continue keeping these breeds and make a living from them. Players in livestock development should support the struggle of the livestock keepers for recognition during the negotiations at various international forums.

This article summarizes the three principles and five rights that make up Livestock Keepers’ Rights.

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Agrobiodiversity in drylands

Evelyn Mathias

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ), 2010

“When it rains and drylands bloom, one realises the remarkable diversity of living organisms they harbour. Long overlooked, this diversity is crucial to the food security of a large share of the world’s population.”

This information brief describes the importance of dryland agricultural biodiversity, outlines the threats facing it, and points to the key role that local people play in conserving it.

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Livestock keepers’ rights

Conserving breeds, supporting livelihoods

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

League for Pastoral Peoples, 2004

Booklet outlining the case for supporting the rights of livestock keepers in order to conserve valuable animal genetic diversity.

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Also available in German as Tierhalterrechte: Nutztierrassen erhalten, ländliche Existenzen bewahren

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and in Karamojong as Ngapedorosyo nguna a ngikeyokok a ngibaren: Ekipitune ngibaren, ka akitogogong eyare angitunga

Recognising ethnoveterinary medicine and community rights

An investment in our future

Evelyn Mathias

Presentation at the conference on “Ethnoveterinary medicine: Tradition, science, cultural richness”. Bologna, 29 October 2010. Società Italiana di Veterinaria e Zootecnia Tropicale per la cooperazione internazionale Veterinari Senza Frontiere Italia

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2010 retrospective

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

Summary of activities of the Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network, 2010


Livestock keepers’ rights

The state of discussion

I.U. Köhler-Rollefson, E. Mathias, H. Singh, P. Vivekanandan and J. Wanyama

Animal Genetic Resources 47: 119-23 (2010)

Livestock keepers’ rights (LKR) is a concept developed by civil society during the “Interlaken process” and is advocated for by a group of non-government organizations, livestock keepers, pastoralist associations and scientists who support community-based conservation of local breeds. This study provides an overview of the rationale, history and content of LKR and suggests that biocultural or community protocols are a means of invoking the principles of LKR even in the absence of their legal enshrinement. It is concluded that besides striving for legal codification of LKR its principles should form the basis of pro-poor and ecological livestock development in general.

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Il est vital de protéger les éleveurs de bétail traditionnels

Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

La Revue Durable 12, pp. 28-31, Sept-Oct 2004.

Four-page article in French: “It is vital to protect traditional livestock keepers.”

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Engagement für Autonomie und Identität

(Supporting independence and identity)

Eight-page colour brochure (in German) about LPP’s work to support pastoralists and promote livestock keepers’ rights.

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