SIT Graduate Institute/SIT Study AbroadSIT Digital CollectionsIndependent Study Project (ISP) CollectionSIT Study AbroadSpring 2013Think Like a Mongolian: Cultivating CommunityBased Pasture ManagementKaren Elizabeth Yoshida WeldonSIT Study AbroadFollow this and additional works at:Part of theCivic and Community Engagement Commons,Demography, Population, andEcology Commons,Family, Life Course, and Society Commons,Natural Resources andConservation Commons,Natural Resources Management and Policy Commons,Social and CulturalAnthropology Commons, and theSustainability CommonsThis Unpublished Paper is brought to you for free and open access by the SIT Study Abroad at SIT Digital Collections. It has been accepted forinclusion in Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection by an authorized administrator of SIT Digital Collections. For more information, pleasecontact[email protected].Recommended CitationWeldon, Karen Elizabeth Yoshida, "Think Like a Mongolian: Cultivating Community Based Pasture Management" (2013).Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. 1559.
Think Like a Mongolian: Cultivating Community Based Pasture Management Weldon, Karen Elizabeth Yoshida Academic Director: Sanjaasuren, Ulziijargal. Project Advisor: D., Bulgamaa Macalester College Environmental Studies Tariat, Arkhangai, Mongolia Geopolitics and the Environment, SIT Study Abroad, Spring 2013
Weldon II Abstract Since Mongolia’s democratization and move to a free market, the country has been grappling with the best approaches to deal with pasture degradation caused by both climate change and lifestyle changes of nomadic herders. International donors and NGOS have implemented community based natural resource management projects with the missions mitigating the effects of pasture degradation and livelihoods of herding families through building capacity. While studies have been done regarding the effectiveness of these community based conservation projects, minimal research has been done to understand how the traditions, values, and culture of Mongolia herders affect the success of these pastureland conservation programs. This three-week study examines the uniquely Mongolian challenges of implementing community based natural resource management of pasturelands in the light of current theory on resilience. Conducting 31 interviews with development officials, government members, and herders, along with performing participant observation, I examine the values and thoughts of Mongolians and the influences they these characteristics have on one of Green Gold Ecosystem Pasture Ecosystem Management Project’s Pasture User Group community in Arkhangai aimag.