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Biocultural Community Protocols
  • Countries

    Kenya, India

  • Format


  • Producer/Director

    Sanjay Barnela

  • Produced By


  • Duration in Minutes


  • Languages English
  • Address

    63 Hout Street, Mercantile Building Cape Town, 8000, South Africa Ph: +27 21 426 1633 Email: Website:

  • Video ID


  • Keyword(s)

    CBD,Indigenous peoples,Kenya,Genetic conservation,Cattle breeding,Biocultural community protocols,Livestock,Food production,Biodiversity conservation,Animal husbandry,India

  • Description
  • This short documentary film explores the need to record the local livestock keepers in breeding cattle, as an important process of conserving biological diversity and sustaining food production in harsh and challenging environments. Bio-cultural protocols are a means of bringing together the crucial role communities play in conserving indigenous breeds and in maintaining the web of life that depends on them. Two pastoral communities – the Raikas from Rajasthan and the Samburu from Northern Kenya – have similar cultures, not only in the colours that fill their lives but also in the way they sustain the local breeds. The Raikas have been facing loss of traditional rearing rights in the Kumbhalgarh sanctuary area, whereas the Samburus have been ill-advised by the government and development agencies to rear a less parasite resistant sheep variety rather than the traditionally reared red masai sheep – a species that is a wonder to even the scientific community for its high level of parasite resistance. The film highlights how awareness among these communities about their roles as conservationists, could change the bio-diversity conservation for the better. Developing bio-cultural protocols is an important means of implementing both paragraph 8j of the CBD and priority 6 of glob

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