Marginality, Climate and Resources in Pastoral Rangelands: Oman and Mongolia

Troy Sternberg, Dawn Chatty

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


On the Ground Oman and Mongolia feature different political systems and physical landscapes yet represent similar challenges encountered across global pastoral societies.Extractive industries disrupt pastoral drylands through reorienting government policy, environmental change, altered water supply, and infrastructure - factors that challenge livelihood viability.The impact of climate variability on rangeland livelihoods is now exacerbated by policy and development decisions.Herder livelihoods at different income and development levels are dependent on government policy and risk mitigation strategies to maintain customary practices.The combination of multiple external forces stress rural viability and contribute to out-migration from herding systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationRangelands
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Mongolia
  • Oman
  • climate
  • pastoralism
  • rangelands
  • resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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