16, September, 2016

Collective Land Tenure Regimes and Vulnerability Reduction in Pastoralist Societies of the Andean Altiplano

This brief provides public policy recommendations to support the sustainable development of pastoralist societies in Andean countries, based on new research insights on collective land tenure and the sustainable management of resources.

Based on research into the evolution of land tenure regimes and their implications for the sustainability of pastoral production systems, this document provides public policy recommendations to help sustainable development of pastoralist societies. Evidence shows that collective land regimes create the conditions for the development of sustainable production systems while individual land tenure regimes are unable to create these conditions, endangering the sustainability of pastoralism and rangelands.

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Key Lessons:

  • Seek to strengthen the local productive institutionality through the recognition and formal regulation of the Condominium and/or promote new formal organizations that provide institutional support to efficient resource tracking strategies and other sustainable management practices.
  • Stimulate the formation of small and medium herder’s associations in order to increase their access to a greater quantity and diversity of pastures. This would help to support more sustainable resource management.
  • Promote the improvement of irrigation technologies that take into account the environmental constraints posed by drylands. The increased availability of water may lead to an uncontrolled growth of herds that would eventually result in overgrazing.

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