The Chinese perspective on pastoral resource economics: A vision of the future in a context of socio-ecological vulnerability

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    Abstract

    This paper reviews institutional changes in pastureland use in China over the last 30 years and discusses their impacts on pastoral communities, drawing evidence from case studies of two agro-pastoralist and two pastoralist communities. Those who rely directly on pastureland for their livelihood are vulnerable to the joint effects of pastureland degradation and climate change. The authors argue that a 'top-down' governance structure with no participation from local communities and a 'one size fits all' institutional solution are a poor fit for pastoralism management. The authors conclude that the current institutional environment in China may be leading to decreasing populations, reduced livestock rearing, impovenshnient and increasing inequality within pastoral communities. Bearing in mind that pastoral systems have characteristics that are specific to their areas and tailored to their local context, the authors recommend paying greater attention to bottom-up', locally specified strategies which can be combined with tong-term institutional arrangements that have historically provided pastoralists and agro-pastoralists with the resources to adapt to change.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)523-531
    Number of pages9
    JournalOIE Revue Scientifique et Technique
    Volume35
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2016

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Animal Science and Zoology

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