STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) will give policy support to “landless mobile pastoralists” in the country as these marginalized herders play both for society at large and for the environment.
This was stated by the Chairman PARC Naveed Saleemi while inaugurating a recently concluded three-day regional workshop on “Landless Mobile Pastoralists: Securing their role as Custodians of Northern Pakistans Mountain” organized in collaboration with PARC.
The workshop was attended by University of Berne, Switzerland, University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, North South National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), Foundation of Research and Socio-Ecological Harmony, Islamabad, Department of Livestock and Dairy Development, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Peshawar, Programme for Mountain Aras Conservation, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, PARC and NARC.
It is to be noted here that the Landless Pastoralist Research Project (LPRP) is funded by the Swiss National Science, Foundation (SNSF) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The LPRP is the first three years duration research project cover in-depth analysis of the current living conditions of the LMPs in Northern Pakistan. This workshop contributed a lot in raising the attention regarding the crucial role these marginalized herders.

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