A study by IUCN and UNEP argies that “pastoralism—extensive livestock production in the rangelands—is one of the most sustainablefood systems on the planet. Pastoralists safeguard natural capital in more than a quarter of the world’s land area. Pastoralism is both a livestock management system and a way of life that provides globally important ecosystem services, which are enjoyed far beyond the boundaries of the rangelands.”
The study Pastoralism and the Green Economy – a natural nexus? focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential to secure sustainable management and green-economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. The book explores:
- the contribution of pastoralism to maintaining natural capital
- pastoralism’s resource efficiency and sustainable production in highly variable dryland environments
- the conditions that enable pastoralism to deliver on its green-economy potential.