Resolution on pastoralism adopted by EU–ACP countries
Following the pledges made by the CELEP members and partners in 2012, CELEP increased its activities towards the Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) of the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (EU-ACP) that signed the Cotonou Agreement. They come together on a regular basis to discuss issues related to development and human rights. Thanks to previous work carried out by CELEP with European Deputy Fiona Hall, CELEP was consulted to contribute to a resolution on pastoralism.
Through several interventions at sessions of the Committee of Social Affairs and the Environment of the JPA and also through direct contributions made outside of these sessions, CELEP had a big impact on this resolution. During a field mission to pastoralist areas by two European deputies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, organised by Vétérinaires Sans Frontières Germany, the importance of the issues in this resolution were highlighted. This resolution as such does not have a specific legislative value but can and should be used by CELEP members and partners as a tool to raise awareness among European and African Members of Parliament about pastoralism in Eastern Africa, as they have all ratified it.