Anthropology and Environment Society
Volunteered - Oral Presentation Session
The ability to cope with climate change is one of the important skills of herdsmen。With the disappearance of nomadism, infrastructure construction and the development of external forage market, herdsmen's adaptive behaviors to climate change have changed significantly. In 2018, pastoral areas in central Inner Mongolia suffered the worst drought in nearly 50 years, which was manifested by the reduction and delay of rainfall，and frequent sandstorms. After investigation during the drought period, we found that there are five strategies for herdsmen to cope with the drought: renting grasslands, purchasing forage, selling livestock in large quantities, fattening livestock and loan. These five coping strategies are totally different from the traditional strategies. By contrast, they increase the economic pressure of herdsmen and the ecological pressure of grassland, and cause potential risks to the grassland "social-ecological" system.