The theme of the Joint International Grassland & Rangeland Congress (IGC/IRC) 2021, hosted by Kenya, is “Sustainable use of grassland and rangeland resources for improved livelihoods.” The Congress aims to promote exchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of grasslands and rangelands including grassland & rangeland ecology; forage production & utilisation; livestock production systems; wildlife & tourism; drought management; climate change in rangelands; pastoralism; social, gender & policy issues; and capacity building, extension & governance.
Ideas for an IYRP were discussed and further developed during the International Rangeland Congress (IRC) 2016 in Canada. The IYRP has its own webpage on the IGC/IRC 2021 website (see below). The main objectives of the IYRP-related activities during the Congress are to raise awareness about the IYRP, to gain greater support for it and to generate enthusiasm among researchers and practitioners to identify and fill the knowledge gaps about rangelands and pastoralists.
The IYRP will feature in at least two keynote addresses during the Congress plenary. After that, two 90-minute Concurrent Sessions will be devoted to understanding the major issues concerning rangelands and pastoralists in different regions of the world and to generating further support for the IYRP.
In addition, numerous videos showing different "Perspectives on Pastoralism" will be shown during the Congress, organised by CELEP (Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism) on behalf of the IYRP International Support Group.