Pastoralism marks a success in EU policy
On 15 September 2011 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on famine in East Africa. The resolution calls upon the Commission to better integrate pastoralists into EU development policies. The resolution, among other things, states that pastoralists ensure an important part of economic activity in the region and that they need proper assistance and policies to boost food security. Points 11 and 23 of the resolution also urge that dialogue with local authorities is necessary in order to safeguard the livelihoods of pastoralists.
CELEP welcomes the resolution of the European Parliament and sees this as an important step towards recognition of the value (and potential value) of pastoralism in European policies. Still, more joint efforts by the CELEP partners will be necessary to integrate pastoralism in European policies.
Read the resolution here!