The Governance of Rangelands: Collective Action for Sustainable Pastoralism (Hardcover)

The Governance of Rangelands: Collective Action for Sustainable Pastoralism By Pedro M. Herrera (Editor), Jonathan Davies (Editor), Pablo Manzano Baena (Editor) Cover Image
By Pedro M. Herrera (Editor), Jonathan Davies (Editor), Pablo Manzano Baena (Editor)
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Rangelands are large natural landscapes that can include grasslands, shrublands, savannahs and woodlands. They are greatly influenced by, and often dependent on, the action of herbivores. In the majority of rangelands the dominant herbivores are found in domestic herds that are managed by mobile pastoralists. Most pastoralists manage their rangelands communally, benefitting from the greater flexibility and seasonal resource access that common property regimes can offer. As this book shows, this creates a major challenge for governance and institutions.

This work improves our understanding of the importance of governance, how it can be strengthened and the principles that underpin good governance, in order to prevent degradation of rangelands and ensure their sustainability. It describes the nature of governance at different levels: community governance, state governance, international governance, and the unique features of rangelands that demand collective action (issues of scale, ecological disequilibrium and seasonality).

A series of country case studies is presented, drawn from a wide spectrum of examples from Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and North America. These provide contrasting lessons which are summarised to promote improved governance of rangelands and pastoralist livelihoods.

About the Author

Pedro M. Herrera is an environmental consultant and President of the Entretantos Foundation, a Spanish NGO. His professional activity in Spain is shared between the Ancares Leoneses Biosphere Reserve, Gama S.L., a company he co-founded in 2000, and the University of Valladolid Institute of Urbanism. Jonathan Davies is Director of the Global Drylands Initiative at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), based in Nairobi, Kenya. Pablo Manzano is a Freelance Consultant and former Global Coordinator for the World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP), based at the IUCN office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781138785144
ISBN-10: 1138785148
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 5th, 2014
Pages: 298
Language: English