Sustainable Livestock Development in Mongolia

In IRES Vol.4 No.2
Peer-reviewed Article
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Dust (yellow) storms are becoming a serious environmental problem in the Asia-Pacific region.1 Being part of this region, Mongolia is beginning to experience the consequences of global warming and climate change, as well as having its own impact on the natural environment. With the transition to a market economy, the number of livestock-the main source of food and income for herders-has been increasing and has reached its highest level to date. This has in turn pushed areas of pastureland to their limits, leading to overgrazing and increasing the area covered by desert. One example can be seen in the situation of cashmere, the valuable properties and limited supply of which give it a relatively high international price, encouraging an increase in cashmere goat herds in Mongolia, which in turn has a detrimental effect on pastureland. Policy decisions or countermeasures to protect pastureland should be taken in order to prevent this process before it has disastrous consequences for Mongolia and the whole of Asia

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