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Rangeland management

Rangeland management

Despite their significant economic and cultural value, rangelands suffer from low productivity and increasing rates of degradation and desertification. ICARDA aims to reverse these trends by adopting an innovative, participatory, and multi-dimensional approach that includes all stakeholders involved in rangeland management. This web resource is intended for policy makers and development partners, presenting proven and sustainable interventions that address degradation while raising productivity.


Surviving on marginal lands

Insights into migratory pastoralism is providing hope for Raikas in Rajasthan’s deserts. More

Reversing degradation in rangelands

ICARDA is promoting drought-tolerant forage species to help conserve water resources and maintain grazing at sustainable levels. More

Cactus production

Increasing demands on already-scarce water resources require alternative sources of animal feed – specifically crops that are more efficient users of water. More

Participatory rehabilitation efforts

Participatory approaches to rehabilitation involve local communities at every stage – planning, implementation, and monitoring More

Rehabilitating degraded steppe lowlands

Rehabilitating, intensifying, and diversifying the production of forage More


Occupying over 750 million hectares across Central and...

What are rangelands?

Rangelands – areas that consist predominantly of grasses...

Why target rangelands?

Rangelands are the most widespread land-use in non-...

Aims and objectives

ICARDA’s Rangeland Ecology and Management Unit aims to...

Participatory approach

Rangeland issues are complex and require a multi-...

Monitoring and evaluation

Appropriate and timely rangeland management strategies...

Reversing degradation

The effects of overgrazing on rangeland environments can...

Ecosystem services

Historically, rangelands were primarily used to provide...