The meanings of pasture in resource degradation negotiations: Evidence from post-socialist rural Kyrgyzstan

Liechti, Karina (2012). The meanings of pasture in resource degradation negotiations: Evidence from post-socialist rural Kyrgyzstan. Mountain Research and Development, 32(3), pp. 304-312. Boulder, Colo.: International Mountain Society 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-11-00113.1

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Pasture use in the Kyrgyz Republic has changed significantly as a result of fundamental political, economic, and societal changes following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent changes in people’s livelihoods. Government institutions criticize current land use patterns as unsustainable and the cause of degradation. But at the local level, pasture quality is rarely seen as a major problem. This article uses a qualitative approach to examine the tension between these views and addresses current land use practices and related narratives about pasture degradation in rural Kyrgyzstan. By focusing on meanings ascribed to pastures, it shows how people closely relate current practices to the experiences and value systems of the Soviet period and to changing identities emerging in the post-Soviet transformation process. It argues that proper understanding of resource degradation issues requires adequate consideration of the context of meaning constructed by local resource users when they make sense of their environment.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Liechti, Karina

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0276-4741

Publisher:

International Mountain Society

Language:

English

Submitter:

Users 124 not found.

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:43

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2015 08:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-11-00113.1

Web of Science ID:

000309157800006

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.17650

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/17650 (FactScience: 225456)

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