Protecting pastoralist and nomadic people's access to lands and resources

Pastoralists and nomadic peoples face unique challenges when it comes to protecting the lands and natural resources that they rely upon for their livelihoods and cultures. Led by volunteer @gabie_mcmichael, Namati is researching effective ways to protect the land and natural resource rights of pastoralist and nomadic peoples. And with our partners in Kenya - the Kenya Land Alliance (@hmbarak), Oxfam, and the Kivulini Land Trust - we are tackling these questions practically in the field.

ODI has recently released videos of a conference that they organized to bring together practitioners to discuss these questions and more. You can view the videos from ODI’s website here and I’ll embed the first one below.

We want to continue the conversation here.

  • What are concrete, practical ways to protect the land and natural resource rights of pastoralist and/or nomadic peoples? For example, what are effective methods for mapping the areas and resources that nomadic pastoralists use?

  • Are there pitfalls or challenges that you’ve seen or heard about that we and our partners can learn from? For example, is it possible to inadvertently do damage by seeking legal recognition of pastoralist/nomadic rights to access, use, and travel through lands and resources? How do we minimize those risks?

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