RANGELANDS

"PASTORALISM IS PRACTISED BY AN ESTIMATED 200-500 MILLION PEOPLE, AND PASTORALISTS MANAGE RANGELANDS THAT COVER A QUARTER OF THE WORLD’S LAND SURFACE."

At ILC, we jointly commit to...

Recognize and protect the diverse tenure and production systems upon which people’s livelihoods depend, including the communal and customary tenure systems of smallholders, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fisher folks, and holders of overlapping, shifting and periodic rights to land and other natural resources, even when these are not recognized by law, and whilst also acknowledging that the well-being of resource-users may be affected by changes beyond the boundaries of the land to which they have tenure rights.

Diverse Tenure Systems

Enable the role of local land users in territorial and ecosystem management, recognizing that sustainable development and the stewardship of ecosystems are best achieved through participatory decision-making and management at the territorial-level, empowering local land users and their communities with the authority, means and incentives to carry out this responsibility.

Locally-managed ecosystems

Michael Benanav/Munzur Valley, Turkey

Pastoralists rarely have secure rights to land and resources, due to a number of factors, from political marginalisation to the inadequacy of existing land and resource governance systems and structures that do not take the complexities of pastoral land use, which is usually communal, into account. As a result of this insecurity, pastoral lands and resources are being fragmented if not lost completely to other land uses.

Climate change is likely to cause increased variability and stress on natural resources – because pastoralists have developed resource management practices to constantly adapt to variability and stress on natural resources.

IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE, PASTORALISTS CAN BE EFFECTIVE RESOURCE MANAGERS.

Securing pastoralist land rights can enhance this capacity, and many local and national initiatives are now supporting pastoralist development to effectively mitigate, adapt to and build pastoralist resilience to the impacts of climate change.

ILC is working with members to promote policies for healthy and sustainable rangelands and protect the rights of pastoralists.

Learn more from ILC's Toolkit on Diverse Tenure Systems

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