A1 Journal article (refereed)
Toward a holistic understanding of pastoralism (2021)

Manzano, P., Burgas, D., Cadahía, L., Eronen, J. T., Fernández-Llamazares, Á., Bencherif, S., Holand, Ø., Seitsonen, O., Byambaa, B., Fortelius, M., Fernández-Giménez, M. E., Galvin, K. A., Cabeza, M., & Stenseth, N. C. (2021). Toward a holistic understanding of pastoralism. One Earth, 4(5), 651-665. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.04.012

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All authors or editors: Manzano, Pablo; Burgas, Daniel; Cadahía, Luis; Eronen, Jussi T.; Fernández-Llamazares, Álvaro; Bencherif, Slimane; Holand, Øystein; Seitsonen, Oula; Byambaa, Bayarmaa; Fortelius, Mikael; et al.

Journal or series: One Earth

ISSN: 2590-3322

eISSN: 2590-3322

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 4

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 651-665

Publisher: Cell Press

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.04.012

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access:

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/81748

Publication is parallel published: https://www.duo.uio.no/handle/10852/90695


Pastoralism is globally significant in social, environmental, and economic terms. However, it experiences crises rooted in misconceptions and poor interdisciplinary understanding, while being largely overlooked in international sustainability forums and agendas. Here, we propose a transdisciplinary research approach to understand pastoralist transitions using (1) social, economic, and environmental dimensions, (2) diverse geographic contexts and scales to capture emerging properties, allowing for cross-system comparisons, and (3) timescales from the distant past to the present. We provide specific guidelines to develop indicators for this approach, within a social-ecological resilience analytical framework to understand change. Distinct systems undergo similar transitions over time, crossing critical thresholds and then either collapsing or recovering. Such an integrated view of multidimensional interactions improves understanding of possible tipping points, thereby supporting better-informed decision making. The need for a paradigm shift in pastoralism science and policy is pressing. This research approach, including participatory methods, can provide the solutions urgently needed.

Keywords: nomadism; nomads; pasture rearing; globalisation; sustainable development; social sustainability; ecological sustainability; indicators

Free keywords: pastoralism; global change; sustainability dimensions; traditional knowledge; indicators; gradients

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Reporting Year: 2021

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