University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Centre and partners launch Herders’ Manual for the Western Pamirs of Tajikistan

Date: 21 December 2011
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21 December 2011, Khorog, Tajikistan  – The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Centre and the National Centre for Competence in Research North-South (NCCR North-South) launched its Herders’ Manual for the use of livestock herders in the Western Pamirs. The Manual, currently available in Russian and Tajik languages, was developed as a tool to facilitate capacity development of village institutions, herders and other relevant stakeholders for the sustainable management of pastures. An English version of the Manual will be available shortly. 
 
Supported by the Pamir-Alai Land Management Project (PALM) of the United Nations/Global Environment Facility (UN/GEF) and the Mountain Partnership, the manual aims to share knowledge and promote the adaptation of innovative and sustainable livestock and pasture management practices, and contribute to a positive change in livestock management and sustainable pasture management in rural areas of the Western Pamirs of Tajikistan.
 
The launch event featured a panel discussion with 10 herders from Rushan, Roshtkala, Kalaikhumb, Vanch and Ishkashim regions of Gorno Badakshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), including those originally interviewed during the information collection stage for this manual. The panel was moderated by Mr. Dovutsho Navrushoev, Head of the Chair of Botany and Plants Physiology, Khorog State University.  The participating herders and the contributing specialists shared their experience and discussed the strategy for the implementation of the Herders’ Manual through on the job capacity building of the pasture committees in the country. 
 
“In 2010 and 2011, researchers used both primary and secondary research methods to gather information on pasture plants, pasture monitoring and pasture pest control, as well as livestock breeding, health and production management. This community participatory approach enabled researchers to link herder’s knowledge with existing scientific data,” said Dr. Nasreen Dhanani, Deputy Director and Director of Research, University of Central Asia.
 
In July and August 2011, the draft manual was shared with field experts, researchers and herders in Tajikistan to ensure relevance and usability of the final manual. 
 
The Mountain Societies Research Centre (MSRC) is a university-wide, interdisciplinary research center dedicated to addressing the challenges and opportunities within Central Asian mountain communities and environments. The MSRC’s goal is to support and enhance the resilience and quality of life of mountain societies through sound research on the sustainable development and management of their physical, social, economic and cultural assets.
 
The report is available in Tajik and Russian online at: http://www.ucentralasia.org/msrc/Resources/Events?Nid=283.