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Ambassador Dr. Ney confers German ‘Cross of the Order of Merit’ on Dr. Köhler-Rollefson

17.05.2018 - Press release

The German Ambassador to India, Dr. Martin Ney, conferred the prestigious German ‘Cross of the Order of Merit’, on Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson at the German Embassy on 16th May.

Ambassador Dr. Ney delivering the welcome note
Ambassador Dr. Ney delivering the welcome note© German Embassy New Delhi

Dr. Köhler-Rollefson is the Co-founder of the League for Pastoral Peoples, an NGO that advocates for biodiversity conserving livestock keeping at UN level.

While honoring Dr. Köhler-Rollefson, Dr. Ney congratulated her on “her exceptional contribution to Rajasthan's pastoral people and

Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson giving the presentation
Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson giving the presentation© German Embassy New Delhi

camel herds - and her research on the subject thanks to which Dr. Köhler-Rollefson has earned herself the reputation of a German ‘Jane Goodall’ in India. And the Indian press has already called her “our lady of the camels”.

Science Talk on ‘Pastoralism: A Blueprint for Ecological Animal Husbandry’ by Dr Köhler-Rollefson
Science Talk on ‘Pastoralism: A Blueprint for Ecological Animal Husbandry’ by Dr Köhler-Rollefson© German Embassy New Delhi

Before the ceremony a Science Talk on ‘Pastoralism: A Blueprint for Ecological Animal Husbandry’ by Dr. Köhler-Rollefson took place. Dr. Köhler-Rollefson’s presentation was followed by an interview conducted by Peter Gerhardt from ARD/German TV who discussed certain aspects of her presentation with her.

Dr. Köhler-Rollefson talked about the traditional practices and ancient wisdom of pastoralists, people who herd animals on natural vegetation or on crop by-products. From both an

Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson in conversation with Peter Gerhardt from ARD/German TV
Dr. Ilse Köhler-Rollefson in conversation with Peter Gerhardt from ARD/German TV© German Embassy New Delhi

ecological and economic perspective pastoralism has many advantages over intensive animal husbandry causing water, soil and air pollution, which has led to dangerous levels of antibiotic resistance and is burdened with animal welfare issues.

The Science Talk was organized in cooperation with the German House of Innovation and Research (DWIH).


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