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Vulnerability of the Tibetan Pastoral Systems to Climate Change and Global Change

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dc.contributor.author Wang, Yang
dc.contributor.author Wang, Jun
dc.contributor.author Li, Shuangcheng
dc.contributor.author Qin, Dahe
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-20T17:38:30Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-20T17:38:30Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9656
dc.description.abstract "The impacts of climate and global change on Tibetan pastoral systems have become increasingly evident. Thus, a significant research endeavor is to explore the combined effects of these changes on the livelihoods of herder households and communities, on the adaptation strategies they adopted to respond to the current and expected risks associated with these changes, and on the emerging opportunities that can strengthen their resilience and adaptive capacity. We performed an integrated analysis of the dynamics of Tibetan pastoral systems influenced by climate and global changes by using the analytical framework developed by Ostrom. Climate and global changes have significantly altered the attributes of and the interactions within Tibetan pastoral systems, thus posing great challenges to their sustainable development. We used Nagqu County, a remote area of the northern Tibetan Plateau of China, as a case study to analyze the adaptation strategies adopted by local herders to respond to multiple stressors, as well as the emerging opportunities that they can take advantage of to increase their adaptive capacity. Findings show that although local herders have developed various adaptation strategies, such as planting forage grass, buying fodder from the market, renting pastures, joining formal or informal cooperatives, and diversifying livelihoods, social, cultural, and institutional challenges still exist. To enhance the adaptive capacity of herders and to reduce their vulnerability, we recommend that future rangeland policies and programs promote: (1) comprehensive support for formal or informal pastoral cooperatives, (2) development of the rangeland economy to take advantage of the multifunctionalities of rangeland ecosystems, and (3) revitalization of the mobility paradigm to allow the flexible use of rangelands." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject global change en_US
dc.subject herders en_US
dc.subject livelihoods en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.title Vulnerability of the Tibetan Pastoral Systems to Climate Change and Global Change en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country China en_US
dc.subject.sector Grazing en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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