Pastoralism, climate change and uncertainty: report launch and exhibition

Last week in Sardinia, we launched a major report, entitled ‘Are livestock always bad for the planet? Rethinking the protein transition and climate change debate’. The event was also streamed online.

You can view the video of the entire launch event here:

The launch comes in the build-up to the UN’s COP26 climate conference, where emissions from agriculture will be on the agenda. Over-consumption of meat in Western industrialised world has led to calls for widespread changes to diets. The report underlines the differences in responses needed between industrialised food systems, and the more extensive pastoral systems which often have much lower impacts on carbon emissions. It is co-published by PASTRES and 13 other organisations (see the report page for details).

The launch was chaired by Antonello Franca (Institute for Animal Production in the Mediterranean). The speakers were Ian Scoones (PASTRES), Veronique Ancey (UN FAO), Fernando Garcia Dory (Rangelands Initiative/European Shepherds Network), Fiona Flintan (International Livestock Research Institute) and Engin Yılmaz (Alliance for Mediterranean Nature & Culture/Yolda Initiative). The event was held as part of the Italian government’s All4Climate series ahead of the COP26 pre-summit.

Read the report

Visit our report page to download the publication, along with briefing and info sheets. The briefings and info sheets have also been translated into Arabic, Dutch, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

Watch a 2-minute summary of the key points in the report, voiced by co-author Ian Scoones.

Seeing pastoralism

An outdoor exhibition at the same venue showcased the striking set of photographs taken by our PhD student team and pastoralists during field research in Amdo Tibet, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sardinia and Kachchh (Gujarat).

The exhibition, featuring photos and accompanying stories, is also available online at

Presenting our work

On the day of the exhibition, Michele Nori and our six PhD students also presented their field research and analysis, to an audience of local pastoralists.

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