‘Accounting for pastoralists’ briefs now available for five countries

Pastoralists are important for food production, ecosystem services, biodiversity conservation, maintenance of landscapes. They practice a sustainable, low carbon, animal welfare friendly way of livestock production. If we want to put the livestock sector on a sustainable trajectory, we need to support these kinds of systems and reign in others that are less beneficial.

But nobody knows how many pastoralists there are and most figures provided are pure conjecture. Therefore, LPP commissioned five country studies to look at the available data sets for pastoralism. We made the somewhat surprising discovery that in no case the government actually uses pastoralism as a category for data collection.

Our briefs cover Argentina, Germany, India, Kenya and Uganda. And there is also a summary brief that analyses the results of all studies and makes the recommendation to the FAO to take the lead in initiating data collection on pastoralism and livestock production systems at country level.

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    Samburu community protocol

    The Samburu community protocol about the Samburu indigenous livestock breeds and their rights to their indigenous livestock genetic resources and role in global biodiversity management. An articulation of the integral role of the breeds in Samburu culture and their importance to the world. It seeks to establish the significance of the Samburu way of life and the value of their indigenous breeds, and that as the keepers of important livestock populations they have a right to maintain their way of life. It clarifies for others on what terms they will permit activities to be undertaken on their land or regarding their indigenous breeds and traditional knowledge.

  • Title: Samburu community protocol
  • Author: Samburu community / 2018
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    Community protocols for pastoralists and livestock keepers: Claiming rights under the Convention on Biological Diversity

    Guide for livestock keepers and NGOs on how to claim rights by developing community protocols.
    A community protocol is a document, produced by a local community, about the biological diversity it creates and conserves. Community protocols are an important way for local people to claim their rights under national and international law, especially through the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
    This manual shows how pastoralists and other livestock-keeping communities can draw up a community protocol about their animal breed or production system. It describes why they should consider producing a community protocol, walks through the steps of doing so, and advices how to use the finished document. It explains in easy language the complex concepts of access and benefit sharing and how the community protocol can be used within the legal system.
    This manual is aimed at community leaders and organizations, nongovernment organizations and all those concerned with managing and conserving animal breeds and production systems.

  • Title: Community protocols for pastoralists and livestock keepers: Claiming rights under the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Author: LPP and LIFE Network / League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and Local Livestock for Empowerment (LIFE) Network / 2018
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