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ILC Rangelands Initiative―Global component


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Presented by Fiona Flintan for a Webinar on the International Land Coalition Rangelands Initiative, 12 December 2019

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ILC Rangelands Initiative―Global component

  1. 1. ILC RANGELANDS INITIATIVE – GLOBAL COMPONENT Fiona Flintan 12th December 2019
  2. 2. Background • Global component established in 2016 as an off-shoot of Africa component, and as a result of demand from ILC members working on rangelands regiona/global. • Core partnership of ILRI, FAO-PKH, IFAD, UNEP, WRI, IUCN, ICARDA, CIRAD, CELEP & Rangelands Partnership • ILRI responsible for the coordination of global component. • Global component works across two regional Rangelands Initiatives (Africa and Asia) and links with the Latin America Semi-Arids Platform. Reference Group – ILC rangelands members and partners. • Global component maintains a link with the ILC Secretariat, supporting them on rangeland issues; contributing generally to development of CBIs (commitment-based initiatives). ILC mailing list/slack.
  3. 3. Background Goal: Increased tenure security of local land and resource users in rangelands Objectives 1:To strengthen community of practice on rangelands-land issues at global level [CONNECT] Objective 2: To build the capacity of ILC members to mobilise and engage with decision-makers at global levels [MOBILISE] Objective 3: To influence changes in policy, legislation and global strategic frameworks [INFLUENCE]
  4. 4. Activities and achievements - Connecting • Connecting members around different events e.g. participation in and contribution to the WB Conference on Land and Poverty • Development of a Land Portal Thematic Portfolio on Rangelands, Drylands and Pastoralism drylands-pastoralism • Global landscapes forum (Bonn & NY 2019) york-2019/day-1/drylands-and-rangelands-harnessing- change/ • Issue Papers, Research Papers, Manual, Blogs, E-Bulletin, Leaflets, Twitter, Flickr,
  5. 5. Activities and achievements - Connecting • Website:
  6. 6. Activities and achievements - Influencing • Organisation of an e-discussion on Making Rangelands More Secure • Supported Learning Routes and south-south exchanges • Want to contribute to development of global indicators on land • International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists • Planned key publication: “Who Owns the Rangelands?” – collecting maps and data
  7. 7. Activities and achievements - Mobilising • Improving attention to rangelands within our own organisations and partners; • Supporting regional initiatives; • Supporting the ILC Secretariat on rangelands issues; • Contributing to the implementation of the FAO VGGT Technical Guide on improving governance of pastoral lands.
  8. 8. Next steps • Defining new strategy for next three years and raising funds for this including: • filling data gap and production of key documents; • building capacity of our own organisations; • continue to support regional initiatives including West Africa and MENA rangelands Initiative development; • influencing global processes such as UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration; UN Decade of Family Farming; IYRP • facilitating sharing of lessons and experiences between members and globally.
  9. 9. Challenges • Always been a strong reliance on the coordinator/coordinating organization – this is not sustainable; lack of involvement of some partners - lack of value of RI? • Diverse set of partners with different interests etc. • The Initiative is not sustainable in terms of funding; • Increasing competition between ILC initiatives – and push from ILC Secretariat to “celebrate and let go”; • Difficult to have an initiative that has a very narrow and specific focus as competes for space with other initiatives that are broader and include land as a component; push from some partners to become a broader alliance (following SAPA/CAPA?);
  10. 10. Challenges • With new emphasis on complimentary funding as a term of receiving funds from ILC, there is a danger of losing the focus of the RI and become more a collection of different projects, rather than a hub for information exchange, building capacity, influencing etc. • Attribution – challenge of reporting“Rangelands Initiative” actions/results, and not actions/results of our partners funded from other sources. • Interesting to see where we are after the next 3 years – certainly land tenure and governance in rangelands will not be resolved, but how we as in initiative can continue contributing to this is not completely clear!
  11. 11. This work is financed by International Land Coalition and partners It contributes to the CGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-food Systems and PIM Flagship 5 Acknowledgements
  12. 12. This presentation is licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. better lives through livestock ILRI thanks all donors and organizations who globally supported its work through their contributions to the CGIAR system