WISP launches pastoralism report

18 October 2008 | News story

The World Initiative on Sustainable Pastoralism recently launched a report on Total Economic Value of Pastoralism.The World Initiative on Sustainable Pastoralism recently launched a report on Total Economic Value of Pastoralism. The official launch of the report, at the recent World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, was aimed at highlighting the value of pastoralism in order to draw attention to the wide range of goods and services that are provided by pastoral systems. This report is based on a study in six countries - Ethiopia, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Peru and Spain.

According to the report, pastoralism continues to be undervalued despite its contribution to developing countries’ economies and environmental sustainability. The study found that the value of pastoralism is not only limited to direct benefits such as provision of milk, meat, manure, transport, wool, hides and skins; but includes other indirect benefits. These benefits include provision of environmental services through the creation of unique landscapes by sustainable water cycle and range-management, thereby fostering biodiversity and contributing to tourism development.

The World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism is IUCN’s global initiative that supports the empowerment of pastoralists to sustainably manage drylands resources. It enables pastoralists to demonstrate that their land use and production system is an effective and efficient way of harnessing the natural resources of the world’s drylands.