Landless Pastoralists Research Project (LPRP)

The project is located in the Himalayan-Hindukush mountain range in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northern Pakistan. This mountainous environment is mainly suitable for livestock production systems. One such system – the long distance landless herder (LDLH) transhumant system – is being compromised by many processes, causing a siege-like situation for affected pastoralists. Rapid population growth has led to the expansion of cultivated and built land at the expense of key pastures. Conservation projects have excluded the LDLH from previous grazing lands. National policies and the existing legal framework favour landowners over mobile herders. Difficult access to services such as veterinary, health, education, and legal support has further marginalised the LDLH. The LDLH transhumant system and the changes and processes affecting it have scarcely been studied to date. This project aims to analyse these complex multi-stakeholder–environment relationships and find ways of improving LDLH livelihoods. Implementation of relevant policy measures is being negotiated with local authorities.
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