International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists Initiative ARCHIVE

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Background on the IYRP Initiative (IYRP History, Process, Priority Themes and Way Forward (PPT))

Beginning in early 2016, many organizations began working together to gain support for a United Nations designated International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP). This led to the formalization of an IYRP Steering Committee, and after the Mongolian Government's formal IYRP proposal was submitted, to a renamed and reconfigured IYRP Support Group (ISG).  The ISG has spearheaded this effort by actively engaging with colleagues and interested parties around the world. Most recently, the Mongolian Government presented the request for an IYRP designation at an open session of the October 2018 COAG meeting in Rome and the proposal was approved without reservations by the 2020 COAG meeting representatives. The proposal has since also been approved by the FAO Council and FAO Conference.  A final vote will be held during the UN General Assembly in September 2021. Currently 58 countries and more than 298 organizations from civil society have supported the proposal. Visit to hear pastoralist voices from around the world and to see the beauty of the world's rangelands! Please contact Jim O'Rourke ( or Maryam Niamir-Fuller ( for more information.


COAG Endorsement of IYRP: Press Release (October 2020)

FAO-COAG IYRP Proposal (August 2020)

Mongolia Government Proposal to FAO-COAG for an IYRP (August 2019)

Letters of Support for Mongolia Proposal received as of June 2020

Global Landscapes Forum: Drylands and Rangelands Session (Video; September 2019)

Gap Analysis Report - "A case of benign neglect: Knowledge gaps about sustainability in pastoralism and rangelands”

Gap Analysis Report - StoryMap Presentation



Mongolian Proposal for an IYRP: Resources & COAG Results

IYRP Support Group (formerly called Steering Committee)

IYRP Global Communications Team

Branding Materials

Regional IYRP Support Groups

Promotional Materials

Presentations and Posters

Joint International Rangelands & Grasslands Congress, 2021

Global Grassland & Savannah Dialogue Platform

International Year Resolution Resources

Related Declarations

Upcoming and Past Events

Worldwide IYRP Activities

Background Resources (Documents, Web, News, and Photos)

Film and Video Resources

Archive Section