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Rangelands, conflicts, and society in the Upper Mustang Region, Nepal

Aryal, Achyut, Brunton, Dianne, Pandit, Ram, Rai, Rajesh Kumar, Shrestha, Uttam Babu, Lama, Narendra and Raubenheimer, David 2013, Rangelands, conflicts, and society in the Upper Mustang Region, Nepal, Mountain research and development, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 11-18, doi: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00055.1.

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Title Rangelands, conflicts, and society in the Upper Mustang Region, Nepal
Author(s) Aryal, Achyut
Brunton, Dianne
Pandit, Ram
Rai, Rajesh Kumar
Shrestha, Uttam Babu
Lama, Narendra
Raubenheimer, David
Journal name Mountain research and development
Volume number 33
Issue number 1
Start page 11
End page 18
Total pages 8
Publisher International Mountain Society
Place of publication Bern, Switzerland
Publication date 2013-02-09
ISSN 0276-4741
1994-7151
Keyword(s) rangelands
conflict
traditional use
use rights
Nepal
Summary Rangelands are considered critical ecosystems in the Nepal Himalayas and provide multiple ecosystem services that support local livelihoods. However, these rangelands are under threat from various anthropogenic stresses. This study analyzes an example of conflict over the use of rangeland, involving two villages in the Mustang district of Nepal. This prolonged conflict over the use of rangeland rests on how use rights are defined by the parties, that is, whether they are based on traditional use or property ownership. Traditionally, such conflicts in remote areas were managed under the Mukhiya (village chief) system, but this became dysfunctional after the political change of 1990. The continuing conflict suggests that excessive demand for limited rangelands motivates local villagers to gain absolute control of the resources. In such contexts, external support should focus on enhancing the management and production of forage resources locally, which requires the establishment of local common property institutions to facilitate sustainable rangeland management.
Language eng
DOI 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-12-00055.1
Field of Research 050209 Natural Resource Management
Socio Economic Objective 940110 Environmental Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051681

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