As economies and populations grow, so does the demand for animal products,` including milk, meat and fibre. Pastoralism can play a significant role in fulfilling this demand whilst continuing to protect rangeland biodiversity and ecosystem services.
This study focuses on pastoralism’s current and future potential for securing sustainable management and green economy outcomes from the world’s rangelands. The book explores
- the contribution of pastoralism to the maintenance of natural capital;
- pastoralism’s resource efficiency and sustainable production in highly variable dryland environments; and
- the conditions that enable pastoralism to deliver on its green economy potential.
It synthesises existing evidence and uses practical examples from mobile pastoralism in Europe, Latin America, North America, Central, Western and Southern Asia, Australia and throughout Africa to both demonstrate the system’s inherent characteristics for adaptive sustainability and some of the key opportunities and challenges for promoting development in rangelands. Finally, the study identifies the key enabling conditions required for pastoralism to deliver on its potential role in a Green Economy.