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Common Grasslands in Asia

A Comparative Analysis of Chinese and Mongolian Grasslands Edited by Colin G. Brown, The University of Queensland, Australia
This book unravels the complexities of the grassland systems of Mongolia and northern China, identifying the ways in which policies and incentives can be strengthened to improve grassland condition and herder livelihoods. Offering a comparative analysis of policies and incentives, chapters argue for a mix of incentives and associated policy measures to benefit both grassland conditions and herder lifestyles.
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Publication Date: February 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78897 404 2
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This comprehensive book unravels the complexities of the grassland systems of Mongolia and northern China to identify the ways in which policies and incentives can be strengthened to improve grassland condition and herder livelihoods.

Through an interdisciplinary lens, combining environmental economics and grassland science, contributors unpack the preferences, attitudes and behavioural responses of Asian grassland actors to new and alternative policies. Offering a comparative analysis of policies and incentives in China and Mongolia, chapters focus on understanding ex ante behavioural responses, arguing convincingly for a mix of incentives and associated policy measures that can both improve grassland conditions and align with the preferences of herders and officials.

Featuring a unique interdisciplinary focus and comparative approach, this book is crucial reading for grassland and rangeland scientists in China, Mongolia and beyond as well as grassland officials seeking new policies and a better understanding of their impact. Academics and researchers of the environment and ecology in China, Mongolia and Asia more broadly will also find this book a fascinating insight into environmental livelihoods and contemporary grassland experiences.
‘This well-organized and clearly written edited volume is a pleasure to read. If you could have but one book on your shelf regarding steppe grassland environments and use, this should be it. The comparative approach is most effective, offering excellent detail and comprehensive information throughout. Contributors address seminal issues from a wealth of perspectives and continuously challenge readers at all levels of familiarity to consider the interplay between environments, economics, and policy implementation.’
– Gregory Veeck, Western Michigan University, US

‘This book reports a multi-disciplinary examination of the fundamental dilemma of reconciling the long-term improvement of herder livelihoods with ensuring the future sustainability of the national environmental resource that grasslands represent. Building on more than three decades of research on the grasslands of China, the authors address the complex issues currently involved from many perspectives including both a sophisticated questioning of herders and a detailed modelling of their present situation. Realistic possible solutions to the dilemma are put forward and evaluated.’
– John W. Longworth, President, International Association of Agricultural Economists (1989-1991)
Contributors include: J. Addison, K. Behrendt, J. Bennett, C. Brown, D. Bukhbat, L. Dorjburegdaa, U. Gombosuren, Q. Guanghua, H. Guodong, X. Hou, G. Jargalsaihan, D. Kemp, P. Li, E.-O. Lkhagvadorj, S. Waldron, B. Zhang, J. Zhang, Y. Zhang, M. Zhao Mengli, W. Zhongwu

Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Colin Brown, Qiao Guanghua, Lkhagvadorj Dorjburegdaa, Jane Addison, David Kemp, Han Guodong, Gombosuren Udval, Karl Behrendt, Jeff Bennett and Li Ping

2. Institutions and macrodevelopments
Jane Addison, Colin Brown, Enkh-Orchlon Lkagvadorj, Zhang Jing, Scott Waldron, Zhang Bao and Duinkherjav Bukhbat

3. Grassland Livestock Systems
David Kemp, Han Guodong, Li Ping, Wang Zhongwu, Zhao Mengli, Udval Combosuren, Gantuya Jargalsaihan, Zhang Yingjun, Hou Xiangyang and Jane Addison

4. Grassland Environmental Services
David Kemp, Li Ping, Jane Addison, Karl Behrendt, Wang Zhongwu, Han Guodong, Zhao Mengli, Udval Gombosuren and Hou Xiangyang

5. Efficiency of Marketing Systems
Colin Brown, Enkh-Orchlon Lkhagvadorj, Zhang Jing, Lkhagvadorj Dorjburegdaa, Qiao Guanghua and Zhang Bao

6. Herders as agents of change
Jane Addison, Enkh-Orchlon Lkhagvadorj, Lkhagvadorj Dorjburegdaa, Zhang Bao and Li Ping

7. Understanding policies and preferences
Jeff Bennet, Li Ping, Zhang Bao, Enkh-Orchlon Lkhagvadorj and Duinkherjav Bukhbat

8. Strengthening Policy Inventives
Colin Brown, Qiao Guanghua, Lkhagvadorj Dorjburegdaa, Jane Addison, David Kemp, Han Guodong, Gombosuren Udval, Karl Behrendt, Jeff Bennett and Li Ping

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