The many benefits of mobile pastoralism in the Mediterranean, and the world over, are detailed in a new report from the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature and Culture: Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean: arguments and evidence for policy reform and its role in combating climate change. This thousands of years old practice, forgotten or lost in some places, may actually be a retro-innovative system of livestock management critical for the sustainability of our planet.
However, in spite of the clear benefits it offers, including solutions to some of the modern world’s most pressing problems, mobile pastoralism the world over is often mistakenly perceived as unsustainable. This misunderstanding of the practice has resulted in legislation and policies that undermine it and created hurdles to its sustainability. This, in turn, continues to result in widespread environmental deterioration and the aggravation of misperceptions.
With over 100 arguments detailing the benefits of mobile pastoralism to biodiversity, carbon storage, wildfire prevention, climate change, food security and quality, traditional ecological knowledge, rural economies, tourism and more, Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean: arguments and evidence for policy reform and its role in combating climate change promises to be a useful tool in helping pastoralists and the organisations that support them lobby for legislation that is well informed and beneficial to their way of life.
“This report demonstrates clearly why mobile pastoral communities warrant particular attention, not only due the threats and historic injustices they suffer from, but also due to the significant role they play for biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, social and economic well-being” said Engin Yılmaz, director of Yolda Initiative.