Dr. Enkh-Amgalan Tseelei obtained her BSc degree in agricultural economics at the Mongolian National University of Agriculture, and MA in Development and Social Study at the University of Manchester UK. After working in Mongolia for some time, she undertook her PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich. She has more than 15 years of experience in community centered sustainable rangeland management in Mongolia and has played a key in the development and promotion of collective rangeland management approaches among nomadic herders. For Mongolians, the word rangeland (belcheer) also means the “homeland” (nutag). Rangelands are not only a source of feed for livestock but also a symbol of the value that herders and locals attach to their homeland. The core principles of collective rangeland management approach Dr Enkh-Amgalan has been developing together with local partners are built around the concept of “homeland”. It calls for collective actions and commitment of herder families and local stakeholders for the sake of preserving and maintaining healthy and productive homeland. She aims to enable local communities to cultivate their own model around Pasture User Groups to address problems specific to their contexts.
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