The Pastoralist Alliance for Resilience and Adaptation in Northern Rangelands (PARAN) is a coalition of pastoralist communities working together to secure their rights, build resilience to climate change, and promote community-based natural resource management.
The majority of the members are from the Samburu, Turkana, and Pokot tribes – who have depended on livestock herding and agriculture for centuries. Despite being some of the most marginalized communities in Kenya, they are also among the most resilient, with a deep understanding of their natural environment and a strong cultural identity.
PARAN was formed in response to the challenges that pastoralist communities are facing, including land insecurity, drought, famine, and conflict. Pastoralists have long been at the forefront of climate change adaptation, but they are now being forced to adapt to even more extreme weather conditions and an increasingly unpredictable rains cycle. In the face of these challenges, PARAN is working to secure land rights for pastoralists, build resilience to climate change, and promote community-based natural resource management.
To date, PARAN has made significant progress in securing land rights for pastoralist communities, developing early warning systems for drought and famine, and reducing the incidence of conflict. In the coming years, PARAN will continue to play a vital role in supporting the resilience of pastoralist communities in the face of ever-changing environmental and social conditions.
Climate Change Resilience
Pastoralist communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change. They rely on rain-fed agriculture and livestock herding, which are both highly sensitive to changes in weather patterns. In response, PARAN is working to build resilience to climate change by promoting drought-resistant crops, water harvesting, and early warning systems.
Community-based Natural Resource Management
Pastoralist communities have a long history of sustainable natural resource management. However, they are now facing new pressures from large-scale commercial developments, such as mines and oil pipelines. PARAN is working to promote community-based natural resource management so that pastoralists can continue to sustainably manage their resources.