Olivier Maurin is now co-chair of the European Group in support of the International Year on Rangelands and Pastoralists.

Olivier is CORAM vicepresident and a dairy sheep breeder, dairy maker and transhumant in the Pyrenees. He also has some local breeds pigs in a pastoral system and some beef cows too. Thank you Olivier for stepping up for this role!

After the meeting of the regional support group in Europe to campaign and prepare for the International Year of Rangelands & Pastoralists (IYRP) in 2026. The group will be coordinated by a core group with people from both pastoralist and pastoralist-support organisations.
The Mongolian Government’s proposal for an IYRP has already been endorsed by the FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG) in October 2020 and the FAO Council in early December 2020. The IYRP campaign seeks to generate further support for the proposal when it is discussed during the FAO Conference in mid-2021 and the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2021.
Worldwide, there are currently ten Regional IYRP Support Groups (RISGs) that want to increase the number of national governments and organisations that support the Mongolian Government’s proposal or even co-sponsor it. The RISGs will raise awareness in their countries and regions about the importance of pastoralism and rangelands for the economy, society, culture and environment. They will work with the IYRP International Support Group (ISG), the Mongolian Government and the other global supporters to plan and implement informational and promotional activities before, during and after the IYRP in 2026.
The RISG in Europe – like the other RISGs – is also preparing for several sessions during the Joint International Grassland and Rangeland Congress (IGC/IRC) in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2021, when overviews of the state of pastoralism and rangelands in different regions will be presented and regional IYRP activities will be planned in more detail.

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