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Mongolia's grasslands chewed to the brink

Mongolian herders are being advised to let the grass grow under the feet of their hungry animals, which are having a devastating impact on the land.

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Managing the steppe in Mongolia

Project goal: Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is a global partnership working in 30 countries including Mongolia that supports efforts to establish workable financial strategies for the protection of biodiversity
Project advancement/boost: 530,000 USD to spend for 3 years - 2015-2018
Project partners (local and at the UN): BIOFIN is managed by United Nations Development Programme Country Office (UNDP CO)
Partners include: Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Finance and other private and public stakeholders in Mongolia, International Climate Initiative (IKI)

For centuries, Mongolia's grasslands have been its most important resource: 97 percent of the country's territory provides herding families with an income. But there are too many animals, which has resulted in degradation of 70 percent of grazing land. Certain plant species are dying out, and animals aren't able to find enough quality food, translating into a loss of income for the herders. A grazing land management system aims to reward sustainable use and give the plants a chance to regenerate.

A film by Dan Hirschfeld

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