UNEP: Innovations in sustainable rangelands and pastoralism

The UNEP has just passed a resolution to specifically highlight the importance of rangelands and pastoralism in finding sustainable solutions to resource management. This has specific importance to southern Africa where we have many people dependent on pastoralism for their livelihoods. The full text of this resolution, proposed by Kenya and supported by the Africa Group, shows that: a) there continues to be support for raising global awareness, and it recognizes the process for an IYRP (International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism) that the Government of Mongolia has initiated through FAO's COAG; b) UNEP has been requested to assist countries who wish to conduct regional assessments of rangelands and pastoralism; c) we will now have a way to work together to harmonize methodologies and terminologies for these assessments, and to focus collectively on the gaps in information identified through the UNEP Gap Analysis (Case of Benign Neglect) and other efforts. d) efforts should be redoubled to seek innovative solutions; the resolution acknowledges the value of traditional knowledge grazing and herding mechanisms and institutions, and calls for ecosystem restoration, resilience planning, financing of sustainable development, and more.

UNEP: Innovations in sustainable rangelands and pastoralism

The UNEP has just passed a resolution to specifically highlight the importance of rangelands and pastoralism in finding sustainable solutions to resource management. This has specific importance to southern Africa where we have many people dependent on pastoralism for their livelihoods. The full text of this resolution, proposed by Kenya and supported by the Africa Group, shows that: a) there continues to be support for raising global awareness, and it recognizes the process for an IYRP (International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralism) that the Government of Mongolia has initiated through FAO's COAG; b) UNEP has been requested to assist countries who wish to conduct regional assessments of rangelands and pastoralism; c) we will now have a way to work together to harmonize methodologies and terminologies for these assessments, and to focus collectively on the gaps in information identified through the UNEP Gap Analysis (Case of Benign Neglect) and other efforts. d) efforts should be redoubled to seek innovative solutions; the resolution acknowledges the value of traditional knowledge grazing and herding mechanisms and institutions, and calls for ecosystem restoration, resilience planning, financing of sustainable development, and more.