Ilse Köhler-Rollefson

2002 Associate Laureate, Environment
Germany, Born 1953

ilse@pastoralpeoples.org

Laureate receives top Indian award for women

April 13, 2017

German veterinary surgeon and 2002 Rolex Associate Laureate Ilse Köhler-Rollefson has been presented with a prestigious Indian prize – the Nari Shakti Puraskar (Women’s Power Award) – for devoting over 25 years to saving Rajasthan’s camel herds, which are at the heart of the way of life...

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Champion of a camel culture

December 20, 2012

In 1990, Ilse Köhler-Rollefson went to Rajasthan in north-west India to research camel pastoralism and was shocked at what she found. The Raika – the region’s legendary camel breeders – were losing their traditional livelihood, cultural identity and livestock to motorized transport, disease and loss of grazing...

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Voyage to the Biocultural Bounty of India’s South

April 17, 2010

I have just returned from the most amazing trip tracking some of India's traditional breeds in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Thanks to the efforts and enthusiasm of several of my friends and colleagues in the LIFE Network I was able to meet with a wide variety of...

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The Guardians of Biodiversity

January 29, 2010

2010 has been declared the International Year of Biological Diversity. Its an ideal opportunity to make the world aware of the crucial role of pastoralists in conserving biodiversity - in terms of hardy breeds with important survival traits, in terms of wildlife, in terms of eco-systems and...

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News from the camel wool front

January 29, 2010

It's been ages, I know, but things just keep happening, and other stuff needs to be written. In any case, I do want to come back to an event that already happened last November. Together with Hanwant Singh, my collaborator and director of LPPS, Mira Paliwal,...

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Pastoralists at the 6th Meeting of the Working Group on Paragraph 8j

November 6, 2009

Raika representative Dailibai Raika and LPPS director Hanwant Singh braved the long travel to chilly Montreal in order to bring the Raika Biocultural Protocol to the attention of governments and indigenous peoples that have congregated here to discuss paragraph 8j of the Convention on Biological Diversity which commits governments...

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Livestock and Landscape Conservation

November 6, 2009

When Asian LIFE-Network Coordinators, Perumal Vivekanandan from India and Dr. Abdul Raziq Kakar from Baluchistan, recently stopped over at the LPP headquarter in Germany on their way to the meeting of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture held at FAO in Rome  , they...

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Pastoralists get awards and the Raika BCP is presented to the National Biodiversity Authority

October 13, 2009

From 6-8 October, pastoralists and livestock keepers from all over India met in Delhi to discuss a Code of Conduct on Livestock Keepers Rights (more information on this will follow!), to hand over a memorandum to officials in various departments, and to receive awards for their role in conserving India's...

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Bio-cultural Protocol travels from India to Kenya

October 12, 2009

The last few weeks, Daillibai and I have been on the go, introducing the concept of Biocultural protocols to Kenyan pastoralists and other African indigenous people. Together with a team of lawyers from the NGO Natural Justice we travelled to Samburu in the north of the country...

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Applied camel research urgently required

August 8, 2009

In the current climate change scenario all eyes should be on the camel because it is not only superbly adapted to cope with even hotter deserts and drylands, but because it is also a way of utilizing native drought adapted vegetation and turning it into food and...

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