Collaborative Learning for Co-management of Natural Resources in Mongolia

The grasslands and steppes of Mongolia are currently home to some 35 million head of livestock and 180 000 herding families. Pastureland ecosystems are fragile, highly susceptible to degradation and slow to recover, mainly due to the cold, dry climate. Due to increased numbers of livestock, poor management practices and the absence of supportive policies and laws, herders in most parts of the country are facing very serious pasture degradation. Degradation is adding additional stress on of herders, who must continue to move their flocks between ecological zones and resource niches.

Strong herder organizations will be required if pasturelands and other natural resources are to be managed sustainably as common pool resources. But sustainable common-pool resource management in a transition economy will require the participation of all stakeholders and the development of management agreements that are supported by policies linking the national and local levels.

This project will endeavor to build on learning from past co-management and community-based natural resource management research in Mongolia; extend the lessons learned and good practices to the forestry sector; and mainstream co- and community-based natural resource management in Mongolia's higher education system. The project is expected to contribute to the formulation and implementation of natural resource management policies and assess their effectiveness in terms of community livelihoods.

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Start Date

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

End Date

Thursday, March 31, 2011


36 months

IDRC Officer

De Plaen, Renaud

Total funding

CA$ 497,800


Far East Asia, Mongolia, Central Asia, South Asia


Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Dr H Ykhanbai


Mongolia. Ministry for Nature and Environment

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