A critical review of degradation assumptions applied to Mongolia's Gobi Desert

Addison, J., Friedel, M., Brown, C., Davies, J. and Waldron, S. (2012) A critical review of degradation assumptions applied to Mongolia's Gobi Desert. Rangeland Journal, 34 2: 125-137. doi:10.1071/RJ11013


Author Addison, J.
Friedel, M.
Brown, C.
Davies, J.
Waldron, S.
Title A critical review of degradation assumptions applied to Mongolia's Gobi Desert
Journal name Rangeland Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-9872
1834-7541
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1071/RJ11013
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 125
End page 137
Total pages 13
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Several assumptions about the levels and causes of rangeland degradation in Mongolia are widely accepted by a range of stakeholders. These assumptions have become important in terms of guiding strategies and policy directions. This paper provides a critical analysis of five widely-held assumptions about rangeland degradation in Mongolia to the more specific case of the rangelands of the Gobi Desert. These assumptions are: (i) there are too many animals; (ii) the relative increase in goat numbers has led to desertification; (iii) rainfall is declining; (iv) there is declining pasture biomass; and (v) Mongolian rangelands are degraded. Biophysical and social data from the Dundgobi and Omnogobi desert steppe areas suggest not all of these assumptions are supported all of the time, and that the processes upon which these assumptions are based are often more complex or dynamic than is commonly recognised. In designing policy and programs, more attention to these dynamics and complexities is needed.
Keyword Climate
Desertification
Goats
Gobi
Livestock
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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