Changing resource access and its impact on pastoral land management, Mongolia


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Date & time

Monday 15 March 2010


Miller Theater in Old Canberra House


Undarga Sandagsuren


Emma Aisbett
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This is a study of natural resource management and mobile pastoralism in Mongolia. Since 1990, Mongolia has shifted from a centrally planned economy to a market economy. This policy transition has led to dramatic modifications in environmental management and practices in mobile pastoralism. These changes have resulted in the decline of pastoral institutions and traditional land use practices, leading to livestock overgrazing, environmental degradation, and increasing conflict over natural resources among herders. To date, there has been limited research on how these reforms have altered strategies used by herder groups to access key resources. This PhD research proposes to examine how and why changes in resource access mechanisms affects pastoral land management. In particular, this case study will concentrate on the Kherlen Bayan-Ulaan area, and seek to identify conditions and factors that influence the formulation of user strategies as well as to understand the diversification of strategies by different categories of users. Understanding resource access and its impacts on resource management is a necessary step if pastoral policy development is to be improved and pastoral institutions strengthened. Furthermore, this study will contribute to pastoral land management policy in Mongolia and to the theory of access and common pool resource management literature in general.

Undarga Sandagsuren is a PhD student in the department of Environmental Management and Development. Her research interest is in the Common Pool Resource Management and mobile pastoralism. In her PhD research, she particularly examines how changing resource access affects local natural resource management in Mongolia.

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