Is overgrazing a pervasive problem across Mongolia? : an examination of livestock forage demand and forage availability from 2000 to 2014
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Pastoral livestock production is considered a pillar of the Mongolian economy. Since the early 1990's, Mongolia has transitioned to a market economy, and livestock numbers have trended upward. Recent remote sensing studies have indicated widespread overgrazing; however, to date, no studies have examined grazing pressure on a national scale to assess the pervasiveness of overgrazing. We conducted a spatial and temporal analysis of grazing pressure by analyzing the relationship between livestock forage availability and forage demand across soums during 2000 to 2014. To estimate livestock forage ...