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
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“.
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
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).