Welcome to the website of the Coalition of European Lobbies on Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP). CELEP is an informal advocacy coalition of European organisations, groups and experts working in partnership with pastoralist organisations, groups and experts in Eastern Africa. The Members of the Coalition work together to lobby their national governments and EU bodies  to explicitly recognise and support pastoralism (and the people that practise pastoralism: pastoralists) in the drylands of Eastern Africa. On this website, you can find the latest news, documents and articles related to the activities and interests of the Coalition.


By: Yanthe

CELEP Statement on the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists

We, the 24 member organisations and 7 partner organisations of the Coalition of European Lobbies on Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP) join the global movement towards a United Nations International Year of the Rangelands and Pastoralists.   Pastoralism plays a critical role in the ecological, social and economic sustainability of drylands worldwide. In Africa, drylands make up […]

By: Ann

Life on the move: film

Cross-border livestock trade in dryland eastern Africa significantly contributes to enhancing food security and generating wealth. It supports the livelihoods of a wide range of actors including pastoralists, livestock traders and processors. The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), with financial and technical support from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), organised […]

By: Ann

Campaign for International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists

As part of the campaign to designate 2021 as the United Nations (UN) International Year of Rangeland and Pastoralists, CELEP endorsed the statement issued during the side event “World’s grasslands and rangelands at risk: the role of pastoralists and livestock to conserve global biodiversity”. This side event was held on 14 December 2016 at the […]

By: Ann

EC InfoPoint: Moving herds, changing paradigms

On 11 October 2016, CELEP organised a lunchtime conference at the External Cooperation InfoPoint of the European Commission (EC) in Brussels to draw attention to the importance of mobile pastoralism. This is increasingly under threat in many African countries because of changes in land use and management, climate change and conflict. At the same time, […]

By: Ann

Formalising land rights to dispossess Tanzanian herders & farmers

Formalisation of land rights is proving to be a mechanism to justify dispossession of pastoralists’ and small-scale farmers’ land to support the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). So argues the article “Dispossession through formalization: Tanzania and the G8 land agenda in Africa” published in the Asian Journal of African Studies (2016, Vol. 40: […]

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