Do pasture user groups lead to improved rangeland condition in the Mongolian Gobi Desert?

Addison, J., Davies, J., Friedel, M. and Brown, C. (2013) Do pasture user groups lead to improved rangeland condition in the Mongolian Gobi Desert?. Journal of Arid Environments, 94 37-46. doi:10.1016/j.jaridenv.2013.02.009


Author Addison, J.
Davies, J.
Friedel, M.
Brown, C.
Title Do pasture user groups lead to improved rangeland condition in the Mongolian Gobi Desert?
Journal name Journal of Arid Environments   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-1963
1095-922X
Publication date 2013-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2013.02.009
Volume 94
Start page 37
End page 46
Total pages 10
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Pasture user groups have become an important tool by which development agencies have sought to improve rangeland condition and resolve inter-herder conflict. However the ability of these groups to improve rangeland condition in the Gobi Desert is rarely examined. In this paper, three and twelve year old pasture user group areas were compared with non-group areas. Herders and local officials in both group and non-group areas were interviewed to compare activities and institutions that may contribute to degradation through overgrazing. Soil and vegetation based indicators of rangeland condition were also assessed. There were some differences in indicators of rangeland condition between pasture user group and non-group areas, but little evidence of institutions or activities specific to the group that could explain this difference. Herders did not seek to manage grazing pressures for natural resource management aims, nor did they enforce or sanction the external spatial boundaries of pasture user groups. These results suggest that the ability of pasture user group to improve rangeland condition in the Mongolian Gobi Desert may have been overstated.

Highlights ► Herder groups are popular in arid Mongolia. ► Few institutions attributable to groups regulate grazing pressure. ► Spatially bounded groups do not improve rangeland condition.
Keyword Collective action
Common property
Degradation
Herder groups
Institutions
Variability
Institutions
Management
Resources
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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