SRM International Affairs Committee Symposium: Global Rangelands & the IYRP

At the 75th Annual Conference of the Society for Range Management (SRM), its International Affairs Committee (IAC) and the IYRP ISG (International Support Group for the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists) convened a symposium supporting the Mongolian Government’s proposal to the United Nations for an IYRP in 2026.

The SRM Conference was held virtually and in person in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on 6–10 February 2022. It was followed by several online seminars later in February.

The symposium “Global Rangelands & the IYRP: Global Framework, Action Plans and Knowledge Gaps” was an online seminar on Tuesday 22 February and was followed by two online workshop sessions on 23 and 24 February 2022.

The seminar on 22 February brought voices of scientists and pastoralists (including several from the IYRP ISG) on key issues affecting rangelands and pastoralists around the world. They addressed the question as to how the “marginalisation narrative” for global rangelands can be changed to a “global value narrative” to help arrest problems of poverty and natural resource degradation.

The two workshops engaged IYRP stakeholders worldwide in preliminary deliberations to identify regional and global priority actions associated with 12 global themes identified by the IYRP ISG. Most of the Regional IYRP Support Groups (RISGs) presented examples of priority actions relevant to their regions for discussion during the workshops. The workshops were simultaneously interpreted between English and both Spanish and French.

IYRP stakeholders with a complementary virtual registration, generously provided by the SRM, were free to browse all virtual or hybrid sites supported by the Albuquerque conference.

More information can be found in the 2-page document below: “SRM/IAC symposium on IYRP”. All presentations made during the symposium can be found below, together with a summary report on both the symposium and the two planning workshops.