Pastoralists remain marginalised in current debates on global sustainability and climate change, and yet the transition to a global green economy can only be achieved in partnership with them. Investments in pastoral areas are dominated by short-term food security concerns and overlook the great opportunities for investment and sustainable development. Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals would have been much greater had the specific needs and contributions of pastoralists been taken into consideration. Pastoralists must therefore be better represented and reflected in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Global Gathering of Pastoralists, Kiserian, Kenya, December 2013
Consulting Pastoralists for a transition towards a Green Economy
Pastoralists manage more than one third of the world’s land and are stewards of a great wealth of biological and cultural diversity. Their management practices maintain rangeland biodiversity and ecosystem services that are globally valued, including protecting vast stores of soil carbon that play a pivotal role in mitigating climate change.
Goats and Sheep in Gobi Desert Mongolia
To address this concern, leaders and representatives from pastoralist communities worldwide will gather in Kiserian, Kenya, in December 2013.
The gathering will generate coordinated input to the 2014 UNEP General Assembly, the on-going post-2015 SDG dialogue, the FAO-supported Global Agenda of Action in support of Sustainable Livestock Sector Development, and the Civil Society Mechanism of the Committee on World Food Security. The gathering will also contribute to strengthening global networking and visibility of pastoralists.
The gathering will be hosted by the Maasai of Kiserian in Southern Kenya and will take place from the 9th to 13th December, 2013. Participants will be identified through members of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples. Arrangements for translation will be determined between the organisers and the participants.