Initially funded by the Darwin Initiative and developed by the University of Leicester in partnership with MSRM (the Mongolian Society for Range Management), this project helps to develop and implement new approaches to restore degraded grasslands in rural Mongolia.


Benefits that Pastures, Conservation, Climate Action provides



Start date 2013
Coordinator Mongolian Society for Range Management (MSRM)
Activities Assisted natural regeneration
Participants 114 nomadic households
PVCs issued to-date 137,212



The detail

This is a community-driven project developed under the Plan Vivo Standard and is managed and administered by MSRM at three different sites in Mongolia. The project takes a 'carbon plus' approach, emphasising the livelihood benefits of the project by making important contributions to nomadic herders' wellbeing, to the conservation of a globally important biodiversity heritage and to a range of ecosystem services. This is alongside contributing carbon sequestration through improved rangeland management.

The programme is focused on giving nomadic herders a voice: It is collaborating with more than 100 nomadic households, covering a total area of some 77,000 ha, with the broader aim of sequestering more than 100,000 tCO2 over an initial four-year commitment period through improved grazing management practices. The project will result in greater livelihoods and food security. Through the active participation of herders in ecosystem service restoration, pastures will become more resilient by encouraging a reduction of soil erosion and overgrazing. Moreover, through agreements with local authorities, participating herder groups have recognised tenure rights over their seasonal pastures. User rights to key natural resources, particularly grasslands and water resources are already established through customary norms and are supported by specific legal provision such as the 2002 Land Law. The requirements for fair and equitable access, including for the poorest and most vulnerable, have been further emphasised and enshrined by using the specific project management plans and agreements developed by the participating herder groups.


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SDG details

See how the project provides benefits beyond carbon and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Sustainable Development Goal How the project contributes
  • Collaborative production and marketing of local brand milk products and yak wool products.
  • Enhances local household income through the sale of wild fruit and nuts.
  • Community members are trained in animal survey techniques by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
  • Helps fund the digging of hand wells to enhance water supply in under-used pasture areas.
  • Through appropriate fodder/forage cultivation and grazing management, the project will encourage soil regeneration. This process will remove carbon from the atmosphere and therefore help reduce the negative effects of climate change.
  • Tree nurseries established to provide native tree species for reforestation activities.
  • Conducting manned surveys and camera trap surveys to monitor and protect threatened target species such as red deer, argali, marmot and Mongolian gazelle.
  • Targeted provision of hay in areas where wild animals lack adequate fodder.