8 - 25 September 2007
From 8 to15 September 2007 nearly 200 representatives and delegates of pastoralists and some professionals met in La Granja, Segovia, Spain, to debate the problems faced by nomadic and transhumant herders around the world. They have developed a vision and strategy to improve the conditions of life of the pastoralists and to promote the sustainable use of their natural resources.
A group of the attended pastoralists was delegated to delivered a “ Message” to the delegates to the Eighth Session of the Convention of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification that was taking place in Madrid (3 - 14 Sept.).
Based on their analysis of problems and on previous international experience and contributions the World Gathering of Nomadic and Transhumant Pastoralists has developed and approved the “Segovia Declaration of Nomadic and Transhumant Pastoralists ”, also adopted by the First Congress of WAMIP (World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples) organised in La Granja immediately after the Gathering (15 – 18 September, 2007). WAMIP Congress built on the strategy developed by the Gathering, adopted its Statutes and nominated its new Board and officials.
The World Gathering of Nomadic and Transhumant Pastoralists was mainly sponsored by the Spanish government and some international organisations, with the full involvement of various international and Spanish associations of pastoral.