What we do
Pastoralism is practised by an estimated 200-500 million people, and pastoralists manage rangelands that cover a quarter of the world’s land surface.
Despite this fact, pastoralists have few advocates. That is why the ILC Rangelands Initiative is facilitating learning between and providing technical support to ILC members, partners, government and other actors who are working to make rangelands more tenure secure.
The global Initiative engages with processes and different stakeholders at global, regional and country levels, while working to ensure the implementation of enabling policy and legislation.
Learn more about the ILC Rangelands Initiative
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.
A Common Right in Mongolia
Rangelands Strategy 2017-19