Article / CRPs / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Environment / Farming Systems / ILRI / Kenya / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Resilience / SLS

A new perspective on the viability of sustainable intensification in drylands

A newly-published article based on sustainable intensification in drylands says agricultural intensity and vulnerability should be understood as distinct characteristics and that some forms of intensification can increase vulnerability and are unsustainable. Continue reading

Agriculture / CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Environment / Ethiopia / Farming Systems / ILRI / Interview / Livestock Systems / SLS

What works in natural resource management and environmental governance: Insights from an expert

Natural resources and environmental management significantly affects pastoralists and other livestock keepers who live in drylands that cut across ecosystems. In such systems, wildlife and livestock move in and out of parks and community-protected areas with upstream-downstream effects along watersheds. How to incorporate these realities in an ecosystem management approach at a large scale is complex and not well understood because it … Continue reading

CCAFS / CGIAR / Climate Change / CRPs / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Environment / Event / ILRI / Kenya / SLS

Livestock and climate change: Workshop on successes in implementing ‘climate-smart’ livestock systems

A workshop funded by the consortium of the EU Animal Change project and organized by ILRI, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Global Research Alliance on 2-3 February 2015 at the ILRI campus in Nairobi, discussed successful approaches for implementing climate smart livestock systems. Continue reading

Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Geodata / ILRI / SLS

Animal populations counted using satellites for the first time

Knowledge of population dynamics is essential for managing and conserving wildlife. Traditional methods of counting wild animals such as aerial survey or ground counts not only disturb animals, but also can be labour intensive and costly. New, commercially available very high-resolution satellite images offer great potential for accurate estimates of animal abundance over large open … Continue reading

Article / CCAFS / Climate Change / DRYLANDSCRP / Environment / ILRI / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Report / SLS

Humanity at risk after four environment health boundaries crossed: New study

A new high-profile paper by a team of 18 international researchers, who include Jens Heinke, a joint appointee of ILRI and the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), says four planetary boundaries–climate change, loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen)–have been crossed as a result of human activity, which is placing humanity in a danger zone. Continue reading

Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / Event / ILRI40 / Kenya / Pastoralism / Resilience / SLS

What policy options for sustainable pastoralism and rangeland governance? Experts hold discussion at a Nairobi conference

How can policy assure that devolution in pastoralist rangelands meets the needs of all three pillars of sustainability? This was the central question in a panel discussion chaired by Lance Robinson, an environmental governance and resilience specialist at ILRI, at the 6th All Africa Conference on Animal Agriculture (AACAA) held in Nairobi, Kenya on 27 to 30 October 2014. Continue reading

Drought / Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Ethiopia / ILRI / Interview / Pastoralism / Resilience / SLS

Making rangelands secure for local users-insights from a rangelands governance expert

Fiona Flintan, a rangelands governance scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) gives us an insight into her work and what needs to be done make rangelands secure for local users and build resilience Continue reading

Drylands / DRYLANDSCRP / East Africa / Event / ILRI / Kenya / Pastoralism / SLS

Research to influence policy: Taking dryland ecosystems research beyond the shelves

On May 29 and 30 2014, Robinson organised a writeshop with senior officials from Kenya’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), to produce a policy brief that proposes a framework for natural resource governance in the dryland landscapes of Kenya Continue reading