Earlier this month, Savory Insititute’s CEO, Daniela Ibarra-Howell, its COO Tre’ Cates, and its China Engagement Specialist Elsa Tung (Tufts University) visited Inner Mongolia for a series of meetings with groups and scientists interested in collaborating in the restoration of China’s desertifying grasslands.
Savory Institute’s team was graciously hosted by The Nature Conservancy, the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Hesheng Company, the Elion Group and its Foundation, and German NGO GIK. Meetings and site visits to restoration projects were held with recognized experts and scientists in grasslands restoration, as well as soil carbon sequestration.
Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, and government officials, exchanged presentations, and engaged in dialogue about the potential role of livestock, properly managed through Holistic Management, in reversing desertification on the millions of acres of grasslands in Inner Mongolia.
China’s policy around desertification has revolved around destocking or exclusion of grazing and planting of trees (the Great Green Wall of China). Scientists and experts agreed that this approach has not yielded the desired results, and it may be time to reintroduce livestock, now properly managed, to address the root cause of desertification and enhance the livelihoods of the herders that inhabit these landscapes, as well as the economic viability of restoration efforts.
Savory Institute’s team plans to return to Inner Mongolia in early 2014 to start projects with its local collaborators.
Allan Savory will join the operations team to address government officials on Holistic Policy analysis and design.
Holistic Management in China
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