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Strengthening incentives for improved grassland management in China and Mongolia

This project will investigate whether existing programs, policies and incentives for improving grassland management in China and Mongolia meet environmental and livelihood objectives, and whether they account for the heterogeneity in grassland systems and changes in socio-economic, market and climatic conditions.
China and Mongolia's vast inter-connected grasslands support the livelihoods of more than five million low-income pastoral households, and provide ecosystem services from improving air and water quality to acting as a carbon sink. These grasslands and herders livelihoods have deteriorated over time and are now a major issue. Incentives play a major role in how the grasslands are managed.