For the last 5 years we have been studying the practice of Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean Basin, and the innumerable ways in which it helps protect the environment.

On completing an initial assessment of the state of play of the practice in each of our partner countries, it quickly became apparent that a comprehensive document outlining the major arguments in favour of this ancient practice was needed. A document that can be a tool for lobbying against, influencing and changing harmful policies and which will help pastoralist communities the rights and recognition they deserve.

“The rural world is misunderstood, marginalised. We need to change people’s perceptions, but how do we do this when the political context, and cultural perceptions and sensibilities are so different country to country? What is needed is a ‘source document’ that outlines arguments for why mobile pastoralism is beneficial for nature, which can be adapted to national and regional circumstances, policy environments and / or political structures.” – Concha Salguero, Trashumancia y Naturaleza.

With our Spanish partner Trashumancia y Naturaleza taking the lead in collaboration with Pablo Manzano Baena, we’re pleased to release after months of hard work our new report – Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean: arguments and evidence for policy reform and its role in combating climate change.

“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” – Engin Yılmaz- Yolda Initiative.

Mobile Pastoralism in the Mediterranean: arguments and evidence for policy reform and its role in combating climate change presents 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 – to name a few.

“Even though its roots can be traced back thousands of years, mobile pastoralism is still very much alive in the Mediterranean basin. With significant positive impacts to environmental, societal, economic and cultural issues, in the current system, this cultural practice has to be supported to survive the 21st century.” – Lily Mordechai, Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos.

“We hope that this report, outlining the many benefits of the practice will go some way to fostering a different way of viewing the practice of pastoralism in the Mediterranean and to securing legislation that is informed and supportive instead of ill-informed and destructive” – Liza Zogib, DiversEarth.