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We know there is no way to sustain the nomads without being Responsible, though we don’t claim we are able to fully accomplish it alone. So, we seek this aim in a network of responsible players from travelers to locals and institutions. Here are some of the main approaches on our way to sustainability.
Preserving nomadic heritage can be achieved if and only if we make them known to the world and give them a sense of ‘WHO THEY REALLY ARE’ and how their lifestyle, customs, and culture are appreciated worldwide. Therefore, we take small groups of responsible travelers to the nomads, especially in Kooch (transhumance) time. By small we mean really small; a group of 3 or at most 4, because we’re conscious of the effects we may have on the nomads’ lifestyle which is in harmony with nature. Meanwhile, we are learning & documenting the nomads’ in-depth knowledge of nature, and conducting some projects to share them with the world.
One of the root causes of the nomads’ gradual disappearance is the economic hardships they are experiencing in their nomadic life. This is exactly what we intend to improve. We wish to act as a link; to link the nomads with those who cherish their precious heritage so that the nomads would be able to provide them with the treasures of their life & culture.
This can be achieved either through the nomads’ products or services. Where possible, we are going to engage locals and their eco-friendly services to support the local economy. And, we are careful about engaging our nomad partners equally so that each one of them has an equal share of the income.
In order for the nomads to be sustainable, they need to be self-reliant. And, in order to be self-reliant, besides their worthwhile nomadic knowledge, they need to be armed with novel skills, codes of behavior & principles. For example, how to make a connection with travelers as their local guides. That’s why we are here to facilitate the process.
The nomads practice ranching in a humane and sustainable way. The main staple in the nomads’ diet is dairy products like milk, cheese, whey, yogurt, and Doogh. This means the nomads rarely consume red meat and the only time that they kill a sheep or goat is after the animal has lived a long life. In contrary to industrial livestock farming, the animals raised by nomads get to enjoy grazing on natural grass and wildflowers and they live a long life side by side with their shepherds.
If nomadic life ceases to exist, then these people will inevitably gather in villages, as has been witnessed in the Balooch nomads in the southeast of Iran. Soon after these nomads turned to a sedentary lifestyle, they depleted the water reservoirs around their villages and now face serious obstacles for themselves, their farms, and their animals.
By supporting the nomads and encouraging their lifestyle, we are making sure that they don’t turn to other lifestyles that endanger nature.
There have always been some travelers who seek thoughtful immersion in nomadic heritage, discovering their cultural heritage, unparalleled lifestyle, and ancient customs. They favor to be ‘untourists’ to delve deep into the destination culture and mingle with the locals to savor the journey. They wish to have active contribution rather than passive consumption. And, this is another main concern of us: to make sure they achieve what they yearn for.