Videos on Rangeland Science

Global Rangeland Initiative - awareness for engagement

Embracing rangeland diversity from the desert to the forest fringes, with grasslands, savannahs, alpine meadows, steppes, drylands & wetlands. For Global Landscapes Forum Biodiversity 2020 to call for global attention to rangelands. Credit: WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches & Technologies) / SEE International.

The untold story of grasses

Grasslands – with the help of fire & large herds – created an open sunlit world, extraordinarily rich in plants & animals – now all threatened by a trillion trees. Grasses call for wisdom & understanding. #Grasslands #Forests #TrillionTrees Script & narration by William Bond

Virtual tour of East African drylands - big lands, big opportunities

The great savannas of East Africa—home to nomadic pastoralists and spectacular wildlife populations—are productive and resilient landscapes that are often unappreciated or ignored. Credit: ILRI.

Trees won’t save us

Trees are a super-efficient way to sequester carbon, but since planting the wrong trees in the wrong place can do more harm than good, we need to go about tree planting more carefully. Credits: Society for Ecological Restoration, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Kingsley Dixon & team at Curtin University and the Centres for Mining Restoration and Healing Country.

Conservation and sustainable management of rangelands

Dr Jonathan Davies, Coordinator, IUCN Drylands Programme, highlights the need for appropriate policy & investment in pastoralists and their rangelands, where they produce high-value food & fibre and safeguard globally important ecosystem services. Credit: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

PASTRES: Are livestock always bad for the environment?

Prof. Dr Ian Scoones, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK, with key points from PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty, Resilience) report on livestock & climate change: livestock is not a climate 'villain'; pastoralists’ experiences suggest a more complex picture. For the full report, see Credit: PASTRES.

Grasslands stewards of East Africa: voices of pastoralists and scientists

Kenyan pastoralists & ILRI scientists offer myth-busting facts about East Africa’s drylands and explain how pastoralist communities can be supported to continue their stewardship of the land. Credit: ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute).

When is grazing sustainable?

Infographic video on the impact of grazing livestock on the environment in terms of biodiversity, soil carbon, competition for land and water use, and greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on climate change, based on scientific data. Produced by Basque Centre for Climate Change (

Variability in time and space

Animated video produced in partnership with CELEP/DITSL (German Institute for Tropical & Subtropical Agriculture) as part of course material for "Pastoralism in Development" MOOC by IIED/Misereor and Saverio Krätli