Virtual Tour: Journey to the Drylands of East Africa, the Last Lands of Eden

25 Jun 2021

Take a virtual trip to the great savanna lands of East Africa—cradle of humankind, home to traditional nomadic pastoralists, and last refuge of some of the most spectacular wildlife populations on earth.

Join experts from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), including rangelands specialist Fiona Flintan, ecosystem ecologist Jason Sircely and gender scientist Renee Bullock, to hear some ‘myth-busting’ facts about East Africa’s extraordinary drylands and dryland peoples; discover why Africa’s rangelands are now in big transition; and learn how we can best support local pastoral communities to continue their stewardship of these exceptional landscapes, as they continually refine their adaptations to a changing physical, political and socio-economic climate.

Hear directly from East African pastoralists as they explain some of the major challenges they face. As agricultural ecologist Ian Scoones reminds us: ‘As we confront uncertainties in today’s complex and turbulent world, we could all learn from pastoralists, who continue to navigate uncertainties with deep knowledge and practiced skill.’

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): climate change, climate change adaptation, drylands, East Africa, livestock, pastoral communities, pastoralism, pastoralists, wildlife ecology

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Africa

  • The International Livestock Research Institute


  • Fiona Flintan

    Governance Scientist and Technical Coordinator, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

  • Jason Sircely

    Ecosystem Ecologist, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

  • Mary Letirok

    Samburu herder

  • Renee Bullock

    Gender and environment scientist, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

  • Dickson Ole Kaelo

    Wildlife Management Expert and the founding Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA)