Pastoralism: the custodian of China’s grasslands

Scientific evidence is mounting that rangeland degradation is intensifying and expanding in China’s rangelands, as a consequence of 30 years of inappropriate policies, as well as climate change. Such policies have simultaneously brought negative impacts to herder livelihoods and to the development of pastoral society. Policies have included grasslands property rights reform, an enforcement of ecological protection project, and the settlement of herders into more intensive sedentary livestock production systems.

This policy brief explores the effectiveness of the policies based on an analysis of academic papers. It highlights the unique value of traditional pastoralism, particularly in maintaining efficient and sustainable livelihoods, avoiding degradation of the environment, responding to extreme events, and preserving culture and traditional knowledge. The brief recommends the redirection of policy to reflect these values.
 
IIED code:
10042IIED 
Published:
Apr 2013 - IIED and the Department of Environmental Management, Peking University 
Area:
China 
Keywords:
Pastoralism, Climate change 
Details:
4 pages (Briefing) 
Language:
English  
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