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Chainging Taiga: Challenges for Mongolia’s Reindeer Herders
Chainging Taiga: Challenges for Mongolia’s Reindeer Herders
Mongolia’s reindeer herders and their taiga homeland are today facing unprecedented challenges from unregulated mining, forest logging, loss of access to natural resources, tourism, and climate change.
Available online at: http://www.grida.no/publications/pot/changing-taiga
Observed and predicted seasonal temperatures in northwest Mongolia
Herders note that autumn seems colder and longer. The winters are generally colder and have more snow, though 2011 had little snow compared to other years. Herders were not concerned about dzuds, or extreme winter weath...
24 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Climate change in Mongolia
Herders from both the East and the West Taiga are concerned about the environmental changes that are taking place in their homeland. They report that snow seems to take longer to melt during springtime. Summers see...
24 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Protected areas of Hovsgol aimag
Mongolia has made a number of international commitments to protect its biodiversity, including ratifying all major international biodiversity conventions. As of 2009, protected areas covered 14% of Mongolia, and the...
23 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Reindeer husbandry and political changes in Mongolia - A short history
Despite the changing political landscape of Mongolia over the last hundred years, the traditional reindeer herding system has been maintained. Nevertheless, recent political and economic transitions and upheavals hav...
23 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Semi-domesticated reindeer across Eurasia
Pastoralism, or extensive grazing on rangelands for livestock production, is a key production system of the world’s dryland areas. It provides a livelihood for between 100 and 200 million people (CBD Secretariat 2010), ...
24 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
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Mongolia geopolitical map
24 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Reindeer herding camps in the East Taiga A snapshot from 2011
Guided tours to the reindeer herders are an established tourist attraction promoted by national and international tourism companies. In the West Taiga, tourists stay in tourist camps established beside the Shishged ...
24 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Biomes and vegetation of Hovsgol aimag
Mongolia’s taiga is located at the southern edge of the biome in Eurasia. It is also the most southerly location of reindeer husbandry in the world. Mongolian reindeer husbandry occurs within the Shishged River wate...
23 Mar 2012 - by Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal