Governance of Pastoral Lands

  • Ian Hannam
Part of the International Yearbook of Soil Law and Policy book series (IYSLP, volume 2017)


Many unique challenges that pastoralists face in securing governance of land tenure include the challenges that are determined by the ecological sustainability of pastoral rangelands, particularly their soil resources. This chapter outlines important international environmental law principles that can inspire the achievement of sound pastoral land law and presents some of the legal and institutional elements to create or improve legislation related to tenure, which is one of the key tools used to implement sustainable soil and agricultural policy objectives. Pastoral legislation alone does not solve the problem of weak pastoral tenure, but it provides the legal basis for action. The principles and elements discussed in this chapter are consistent with the objectives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Centre for Agriculture and LawUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia

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