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14-07: Towards Sustainable Pastoralism: The FAO VGGT Guide 6
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Towards Sustainable Pastoralism Through Improving Governance of Pastoral Lands: Implementation of the FAO VGGT Governance of Techncial Guide No. 6
1Pastoralist Knowledge Hub (PKH), FAO,; 2International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); 3World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP)/International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pastoralism, the extensive production of livestock in rangelands is practiced all over the world. However pastoralism as a land use system is hampered by poor tenure security and governance. In 2016 FAO launched “Improving Governance of Pastoral Lands: Implementing the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.” This Guide builds on a number of initiatives and studies from recent years that have shone a light on pastoral governance and land tenure: on the inherent challenges pastoralists face, the shortcomings of governments in securing pastoral tenure, and the emerging examples of success and progress from around the world. The Guide also gives direction for developing a Pastoral Policy This paper summarises and discusses the content of the Guide and considers its application in different contexts. It draws from the experiences of several case studies to illustrate how best the guideline can be used, and what impacts its application will have.