Pastoralism and the Green Economy - a natural nexus?
This study focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential for securing sustainable management and
green economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. It synthesises existing evidence and uses practical
examples from mobile pastoralism in Europe, Latin America, North America, Central, Western and Southern
Asia, Australia and throughout Africa to both demonstrate the system’s inherent characteristics for adaptive
sustainability and some of the key opportunities and challenges for promoting development in rangelands.
Finally, the study identifies the key enabling conditions required for pastoralism to deliver on its potential role
in a Green Economy.
This report is financed by UNEP and is part of the efforts of UNEP, IUCN and the World Initiative for Sustainable
Pastoralism (WISP), to provide the social, economic and environmental arguments for increased recognition
of sustainable pastoralism as a viable land management option for the world’s rangelands.