Ilse Köhler-Rollefson is currently Coordinator of the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development (LPP) and the global LIFE Network.
The LPP supports socially and ecologically sustainable livestock development and believes in participatory, bottom-up processes in which livestock keepers have a voice.
With a background in veterinary medicine and anthropology, Ilse has done extensive fieldwork among pastoralists in many countries and is a co-founder of LPP. She coordinated the inputs of livestock keepers to the “Interlaken Process” that resulted in the Declaration on Livestock Keepers’ Rights and currently backstops communities in India to develop Biocultural Community Protocols (BCPs).
Dr. Köhler-Rollefson has authored more than 100 scientific publications around sustainable livestock development, especially on animal genetic resource management. She is the recipient of various awards, including an associate Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2002, and the Marwar Rattan Award by the Maharajah of Jodhpur in 2014 for her efforts in saving Rajasthan’s biocultural heritage. She blogs about issues in the livestock sector at www.ilse-koehler-rollefson.com and her book “Camel Karma. Twenty years among India’s Camel Nomads”, addressed to a popular audience was recently published in India. For more information see www.ilse-koehler-rollefson.com/?page_id=640