Under debate: Mongolian nomadic lifestyle
Geographers from the University of Leicester are involved in research on pastoralism, environment and livelihoods at a critical juncture in decision making over the future of Mongolia’s rural areas.
Dr Caroline Upton and Dr Kate Moore from our Department of Geography have been involved in a two year study, Community, Place and Pastoralism: Nature and Society in Post-Soviet Central Asia, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The study that involved work in both Mongolia and Kazakhstan, led to a meeting in Ulaanbaatar in September 2012, organised by the University of Leicester team and their Mongolian colleagues. The meeting enabled ministers, donors and government advisors to discuss key land and livelihood issues.
Dr Upton, the Principal Investigator for the project said that the Mongolian herders are facing multiple pressures on their livelihoods, traditionally based on nomadic pastoralism, from climate change, mining, desertification and new policies on land. The project Research Associate Dr Moore, who spent 5 months conducting fieldwork in Mongolia, said that the herders she had met were deeply aware of both climatic and environmental change in their pastures that are affecting their lifestyle.
The Leverhulme team are finalising detailed reports and articles to share with herders, international donors, and government policy makers, as part of their contribution to these vital, on-going debates. Results of the work have also been presented at this years’ Royal Geographical Society (the Institute of British Geographers) annual conference.
Listen and download: Dr Caroline Upton discusses the project.
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