Civil society statement on the International Year of Camelids 2024

On the occasion of the International Year of Camelids in 2024, this civil society statement calls on governments, scientists, donor agencies, local and regional decision makers, experts and the private sector to support camelid development efforts that consider the special ecological and cultural aspects of camelids by:

  • Enabling mobility and ensuring secure access to ancestral grazing and browsing areas for our camelid herds to thrive, for example by recognizing them as Indigenous Community Conserved Areas or Territories of Life,
  • Investing in decentralized infrastructure, such as networks of mini-diaries and local processing facilities to link camelid herders in remote areas to value chains, while also respecting and supporting our traditional ways of processing,
  • Fostering camelid-herding community organizations and their agency,
  • Respecting and building on our traditional knowledge and related local innovations,
  • Strengthening provision of camelid healthcare, including research into emerging diseases,
  • Supporting investment on people-centred and -controlled camelid research and development,
  • Recognizing camels as co-creatures and establishing camelid welfare standards into policy and practice worldwide,
  • Carving out an alternative, cruelty-free development trajectory for camelid herding that conforms to the worldview of traditional camelid communities and avoids industrialization.
  • Title: Civil society statement on the International Year of Camelids 2024
  • Author: LPP
  • Description: Advocacy document
  • Format: Pdf
  • Pages: 2

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    World map of pastoralists poster

    This poster shows the locations of over 800 pastoralist groups around the world, and highlights pastoralist systems from the Arctic to Australia. The poster is DIN A1 size (59.4 x 84.1 cm or 23.4 x 33.1 inches).

    The poster is based on the World map of pastoralists, prepared for the 2026 International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists. Visit to see the full interactive map with details of each group.

  • Title: World map of pastoralists
  • Author: Paul Mundy
  • Description: A1-size poster of pastoralist systems around the world
  • Format: Pdf
  • Pages: 1

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    Accounting for pastoralists: Why it is important and how to do it?

    Ilse Köhler-Rollefson / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development / 2020

    Pastoralism is a way of raising animals in association with nature. It entails the movement of people and herds across landscapes, making use of natural vegetation and crop by-products. Pastoralism corresponds to public demands for high animal welfare and environmentally friendly methods of livestock production.

    If we want to make the livestock sector more sustainable, this production system requires strong policy support. But we currently do not know how many pastoralists there are either globally or within each country. This is due to the absence of data collection and because pastoralism is not a distinct category in livestock censuses. Outdated colonial concepts and one-sided focus on the “efficiency” of livestock systems have prevented the recognition of the benefits of pastoralism as a solar-powered, biodiversity-conserving food-production strategy. In order to monitor the situation and provide a basis for policymaking, FAO should lead a global initiative to define pastoralism and record data by production system.

  • Title: Accounting for pastoralists: Why it is important and how to do it?
  • Author: Ilse Köhler-Rollefson
  • Description: Information brief
  • Format: Pdf
  • Pages: 6

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