Healthy rangelands for enhanced water security under a changing climate
In this session, we will discuss innovative solutions that jointly address the challenges of water and food insecurity, biodiversity loss, and climate change in rangelands. We will focus on rangeland restoration options that link soil and water to build healthy and resilient rangelands.
Rangelands cover about half of the global land surface, support over 2 billion people and more than 50% of the world’s livestock, and host high biodiversity. But rangelands and the livelihoods of the people they support, particularly those of pastoralist communities, are under increasing pressure due to the compounding effects of land degradation and climate change.
Water is the main limiting factor in most rangelands, and water shortages threaten the provision of critical rangeland ecosystem services, including food production and the provision of habitats for biodiversity, as well as climate regulation. Therefore, restoration initiatives need to better integrate hydrological processes to ensure the long-term sustainability, resilience and multifunctionality of rangelands.
Despite their global significance, rangelands are under-recognized and under-valued and have rarely been featured in international agendas. Water-smart rangeland restoration can be instrumental in addressing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss while improving food and water security and human well-being.
- Welcome and introduction – Malin Lundberg Ingemarsson (SIWI)
- Keynote: Global relevance of rangelands and the importance of assessing multiple dimensions of rangeland health– Leigh Winowiecki (CIFOR-ICRAF, CA4SH)
- Case study: Building Resilience: Restoration of rangelands for enhanced water security in the drylands of East Africa– Margeret Nyaga (University of Nairobi)
- Case study: Rational grazing and rainwater management in bocage perimeters in Burkina Faso– Aubin Ouedraogo (Terre Verte)
- Panel discussion with:
- Dominic Kathiya (IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development, ICPALD)
- Melissa D.Ho (WWF-US)
- Aubin Ouedraogo(Terre Verte)
- Margaret Nyaga (University of Nairobi)
- Leigh Winowiecki (CIFOR-ICRAF & CA4SH)
- Aida Bargués-Tobella (SLU)
- Closing remarks – Stephen Mureithi (University of Nairobi)
This session will highlight rangeland restoration options that link soil and water to build healthy and resilient rangelands, and discuss how these can accelerate transformative change toward sustainability.
- Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
- Coalition of Action for Soil Health (CA4SH)
- Focali – Forest, Climate, and Livelihood Research Network
- Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
- Stockholm International Water Institute
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- University of Nairobi
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF)