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Environmental Sciences - Environmental Management | Pastoralism - a SpringerOpen journal (Societies)



Research, Policy and Practice

Editor-in-Chief: C. Kerven; R.H. Behnke

ISSN: 2041-7136 (electronic version)

Journal no. 13570

Associated with the IUCN, IIED, and the Odessa Center UK 

IUCN - WISP World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism

The World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism (WISP) is a global initiative that supports the empowerment of pastoralists to sustainably manage drylands resources. WISP enables pastoralists to demonstrate that their land use and production system is an effective and efficient way of harnessing the natural resources of the world’s drylands.

IIED - International Institute for Environment and Development

As an independent international research organisation, IIED specializes in linking local to global. In Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, IIED work with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

Odessa Centre UK

The Odessa Centre is a small firm based in rural England, with international links to researchers and practitioners in the fields of pastoralism, rangeland ecology and livestock development in semi-arid areas.

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    Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice investigates extensive livestock production systems throughout the world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives across the biophysical, social and economic sciences. The journal publishes research, reviews, reports and commentaries that influence public policy on the rangelands and livestock on which pastoralists rely for their livelihoods. These studies are not applied in the traditional sense, but through publishing basic research in this field Pastoralism acts as a forum for sharing information between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, with the aim of improving the welfare of pastoralists and better conserving the environments in which they live and the livestock upon which they rely.

    The journal was founded in 2009 by Roy Behnke and Carol Kerven, social anthropologists who have each worked for forty years in pastoral and rangeland research and development in many countries. Carol is the Editor-in-Chief and Roy is the Book Review editor.

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