Adapting local pasturelands to changing climates

Adapting local pasturelands to changing climates

Adapting local pasturelands to changing climates

Pasturelands are an important component of livelihood systems in semi arid regions of Rajasthan. Livestock based livelihoods meet subsistence requirements and contribute to income generation. However, human drivers such as land degradation, population pressure and deterioration of traditional management systems have increased the vulnerability this system. Partnering with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GiZ), the programme ‘Integrated Group Pasture Management for Improved Livestock Adaptation’ represents an effort to address the vulnerability of pasturelands to climate change. It is piloted in 97 ha of privately owned pastures of Udaipur district, Rajasthan. The programme represents the scaling up of the approach adopted by us while contributing to the National Communication to UNFCCC through a study titled “Assessment of Vulnerability of the Livestock Associated Livelihoods Due To Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies in Rajasthan”.
Participatory Technology Development Assessment (PTD) is an approach relied on to plan the management of pasturelands. Connecting traditional management practices with leading scientific research, strategies for building the resilience of pastures and pastoralists are formulated. Implementation of these strategies include introduction of Silvi – Pasture, Soil and Water Conservation measures and Regulatory mechanisms on use including Feed and Fodder Management strategies. Community preferences are given due significance in implementation especially with regard to choice of adaptation options – preferred grasses, development of alternate fodder sources etc.

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