- CBRM households are better prepared for severe winter weather than non-CBRM households because they are more likely to prepare hay and fodder in advance and take other preparatory measures.
- CBRM households implement more innovative livestock and pasture management practices, such as breed improvement, culling unproductive livestock, working to restore degraded pastures, repair or develop wells, and monitor ecological conditions.
- CBRM households have access to more sources of information about livestock, pasture, and disaster management and have stronger networks for exchanging information with other herders and experts about these topics.
- CBRM households are more proactive in communicating with local government and are more likely to join with others in their community to solve local problems.
In-depth studies of four soums in the Gobi and mountain-steppe zones before and after the 2009-2010 dzud showed that fall otor and reserving spring pastures reduced household losses to dzud. This research also showed that CBRM soums were better prepared for and less affected by dzud impacts. However, CBRM soums experienced major losses when livestock from other soum grazed their pastures during the dzud, creating a hoofed dzud.
Thus, formally organized herder groups can enhance the adaptive capacity of households and communities, but clear multi-scale policies are needed to coordinate herder otor movements during dzud to limit vulnerability to severe winter weather disasters.
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