Two recent guides from FAO Voluntary guidelines highlight governance of pastoral lands and the commons.
Governing Tenure Rights to Commons provides strategic guidance and suggested practices for proactively implementing the standards and recommendations of the Guidelines, with the aim of recognizing and protecting tenure rights to commons and community-based governance structures. The guide was prepared by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) whose research on sustainability and land governance is based on a transdisciplinary approach.
Improving governance of pastoral lands covers specific challenges of pastoral tenure that are unique to pastoralism and considers how these different facets of pastoralist tenure (issues of the commons; free, prior and informed consent (FPIC); gender etc.) can be combined in a coherent approach to securing pastoral lands. Within a rapidly changing context in which traditional practices and crucial patterns of livestock mobility are transforming, It provides solutions to securing pastoral governance and tenure without undermining the inherent, necessary complexity of customary arrangements.