Making Rangelands Secure: learning route started

The learning route on “Making Rangelands Secure” started in Nairobi, Kenya, on 7 February, heading to the first host community, Naibunga Conservancy.  There are 24 participants in total  from Republic of Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, India, Mongolia, Niger and Kygyz Republic. They come from different levels of government, NGOs/CSOs and networks.

Information about the journey is being posted on Facebook. A background paper is available with the other key readings for the learning route. It can be downloaded from ILC’s new rangelands-tenure portal. This paper explores past and present experiences of land and resource tenure in rangelands, mainly in Africa. It discusses the limitations of many of the tools and systems used to date, and identifies alternatives that have potential for providing greater security of tenure to rangeland users in the future. Further exploration of these alternatives is the task of those taking part in the learning initiative over the next year. This is a Working Document; feedback, input and suggestions are welcomed.

Three key themes are being explored on the learning route:

1) Different land tenure and related governance systems in the rangelands, and the advantages and disadvantage of them;

2) How can “conservation” offer opportunities for communities to secure their rights to resources;

3) Good practice in pastoral women securing rights to land.

These themes will inform the outputs of the learning route and the continuing year-long learning initiative, and the participants will be involved in developing these. A journalist accompanying the group is recording the participants’ experiences through words and pictures.

Posted on 8 February 2012 in News, Pastoralism & Natural Resources