Management changes and strategies to improve the environmental services from grasslands in Northern China and Mongolia

David Kemp, Jane Addison, Karl Behrendt, Udval Gombosuren, Lkhagvaa Dorjburegdaa, Guodong Han, Zhiguo Li, Ping Li

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    Abstract

    The grasslands of Mongolia and northern China are part of the vast Eurasian grasslands that extend from east Asia to eastern Europe, with many common problems. Grassland degradation and herder livelihoods in the steppe regions of China and Mongolia are widely acknowledged as major issues that need to be improved. The core problem is too many animals are now grazing grasslands, initially driven by significant policy changes, and decisions that assumed more animals would lift herder incomes. Problems are accentuated by poorly defined property rights over the land. The effectiveness of current Government Programs aimed at reducing grazing pressures has been questioned, especially for their ability to deliver better environmental outcomes without impacting herder livelihoods. This panel session examines ways to understand the opportunities for improvement of grasslands. This first paper outlines some general aspects of the pastoral sectors, and management responses and strategies that can improve the services from grasslands.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Grassland Congress Proceedings: XXIV International Grassland Congress / XI International Rangeland Congress (Sustainable Use of Grassland and Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods)
    Subtitle of host publicationTHEME 6-1: PASTORALISM, SOCIAL, GENDER AND POLICY ISSUES--ORAL SESSIONS
    Place of PublicationKenya
    PublisherKenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
    Pages1-4
    Number of pages4
    Volume24
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2021
    EventJoint International Grassland and International Rangeland Kenya 2021 Virtual Congress - Virtual
    Duration: 25 Oct 202129 Oct 2021
    https://igandircongress2021.dryfta.com/program/140-october-25th-2021-day-1 (Conference program)
    https://uknowledge.uky.edu/igc/24/ (Proceedings)

    Conference

    ConferenceJoint International Grassland and International Rangeland Kenya 2021 Virtual Congress
    Abbreviated titleSustainable use of grassland and rangeland resources for improved livelihoods
    Period25/10/2129/10/21
    OtherJoint XXIV IGC and XI IRC congress will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, October 25 – 29, 2021. The theme of the Congress is "Sustainable Use of Grassland and Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods'. The aim of the congress will be to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of grasslands and rangelands: including grassland and rangeland ecology; forage production and utilization; livestock production systems; wildlife, tourism and multi-facets of grassland and rangeland; drought management and climate change in rangelands; pastoralism, social, gender and policy issues and capacity building, extension and governance.

    The International Grassland Congress promotes interchange of information on all aspects of natural and cultivated grasslands and forage crops for the benefit of mankind, including sustained development, food production and the maintenance of biodiversity.

    The aim of the International Rangeland Congress is to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of rangelands: research, planning, development, management, extension, education and training.
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