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 …
A number of approaches have been adopted towards conservation of natural resources with a view of ensuring environmental sustainability especially in areas where crop and livestock agriculture are dominant sources of livelihoods. Some of these approaches include Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), which represent a market based conservation approach with an incentive attached to it. A new study explored the extent to which three market-based conservation schemes in Kenya integrate gender in design and implementation.
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
At the recent ‘2020 resilience’ event in Addis Ababa, scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) organized a side event on ‘measuring and evaluating resilience in drylands of East Africa.’ Panelists from ILRI and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) shared findings on ways to measure and evaluate resilience.
Assessing human well-being must be an integral part of assessing resilience. Plenty of evidence suggests that pastoralism remains an economically viable use of much of East Africa’s drylands