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Archive for September, 2013


Blog: camels make people happy

embroidery See Ilse Köhler-Rollefson’s Animal Cultures blog  for an update about LPPS’s work with creating a value chain for camel raw materials.


Training on BCPs by WOTR and LPPS from 4-6th July, 2013

Biocultural Community protocols (BCPs) are an exciting new tool for communities that manage and conserve biodiversity, including domestic plants and animals that they have developed and are stewarding, agro-ecosystems that they have managed and conserved, as well as customary rules that they adhere to. BCPs are an approach conceived and developed in the context of implementing the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and ensuring that benefits trickle down to the people that are stewarding the world’s biodiversity in-situ.

Communities that are managing their resources traditionally are entitled to support under various international and national legal agreements, such as the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity), the Right to Food, the Global Plan of Action on Animal Genetic Resources, the Nagoya protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing, and many others. By establishing a BCP,  a community documents and makes visible its role and contribution in biodiversity conservation.

India’s indigenous livestock breeds are also the product of the traditional knowledge of their keepers. They can only be saved if two conditions obtain: livestock keepers that take care of them and their secure access to the land/environment in which the breeds were developed. BCPs can achieve two things: making visible the connection between livestock breeds and particular communities, as well as identifying the resource base and customary rights and practices that sustain the breed.

BCPs can also be oriented to indicating the potential of breeds for specialty products and new income and business opportunities. For the purpose of spreading the approach of developing BCPs, a three day training programme was organised by LPPS and WOTR at WOTR’s training centre in Darewadi, Maharashtra. The programme was supported by the Rainfed Livestock Network (RLN) and also represented an activity of LIFE Network India.


Seminar on Green and Equitable Livestock development in India

Together with WOTR and the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development, LPPS organised a one-day Seminar entitled “Towards Green and Equitable Livestock Development in India” on 13th April in Hyderabad. The main purpose of the seminar was to share the results of the “Ark-Project” and to provide an update on the participation of livestock keepers in the “Third Multistakeholder Platform towards sustainable livestock sector development“. The proceedings are available and will be put up here shortly.


Publication: Community protocols to secure the assets of livestock keepers

LPPS director, Hanwant Singh Rathore, is co-author of an article entitled Biocultural community protocols: tools for securing the assets of livestock keepers published in Biodiversity and culture: exploring community protocols, rights and consent in Participatory Learning and Action. The article summarizes the existing experiences with developing Biocultural Community Protocols in India, Pakistan and Kenya.


Creating jobs for rural women and artisans

LPPS is pleased to have received a grant from the Erbacher Stiftung in Germany to train women and artisans in making innovative products from camel raw materials. In Jaisalmer district we work with widows who have no other opportuity of earning income. There is a lot of excitement and buzz among them now, so wait for more news and photos!



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