The Center for People’s Collective (CPC)

Community protocols
for pastoralists and livestock keepers

Claming rights under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Rajasthan, a desert state in western India, has
always prided itself on its camels. Among its
many tourist attractions is the annual Pushkar
Fair, the world’s largest camel market, where more
than 50,000 camels and their herders are said to
congregate.

But since the 1990s, the camel population has
plummeted. Camel breeders, who belong to the

Raika caste, blame this on various causes: the dis-
appearance of grazing, the spread of diseases, and

Claiming rights under the
Convention on Biological Diversity

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