The goal of this program is to enable sustainable land management in extensive rangelands. It will do so by helping to remove policy and capacity obstacles and to identify innovative practical ways in which sustainable drylands ecosystem management through livestock mobility can be made both viable and attractive. It will establish the necessary pre-conditions at national and local level to enable investment in pastoral sustainable land management. The global programme is intended to catalyse and coordinate donor action so as to address some of the root causes that prevent effective custodianship of drylands by pastoralists. Global benefits are expected in establishing the enabling framework for four key benefits: a) promoting viable pastoral sustainable land management through new and innovative sustainable land management approaches derived from traditional knowledge; b) safeguarding sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in pastoral lands; c) ensuring ecosystem health and functions and thereby enhancing carbon sequestration; and d) reducing vulnerability of pastoralists to climate change-induced droughts. The immediate objectives of the medium sized project are two-fold: a) Advocacy, for greater recognition of mobile pastoralism as a sustainable form of land management, and greater awareness by national stakeholders of policy options to support pastoral livelihoods b) Capacities built, by cross-continental exchanges, disseminating best practices for support services to mobile populations, and building capacity of selected pilot pastoral communities for a second (later), investment phase of the program.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Approval FY
Executing Agencies
Dryland Development Center of UNDP
GEF Period
GEF - 3
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund


Co-financing Total
GEF Project Grant
GEF Agency Fees


Received by GEF
01 Jun 2004
Concept Approved
19 Apr 2005
Project Approved for Implementation
18 Apr 2005
Project Closed
28 Aug 2013