Pastoral Risk Management

In order to break the vicious cycle of disaster-poverty-resource degradation, the Chinese Government has given highest priority to disaster risk management and reduction as key elements in the national and as well as the Western-Region development strategies or programmes. The concept of pastoral risk management, however, was in 2004 still new in China and thus the Government sought FAO’s technical assistance through the TCP programme (project number FAO/TCP/CPR/2902 – ‘Pastoral Risk Management in Qinghai province’) to strengthen the capability for risk management by the relevant departments and institutions, and to strengthen the ability of herders to resist risk in the project area.  It was also intended that the product of this work - a package of strategies and techniques for pastoral risk management - would be extended to other areas of China with similar natural conditions and livestock production practices.

The project was implemented between 2004 - 2007. This website reports on project outcomes and recommendations.

Project objectives

 The long-term development objectives of the project were:

  • To reduce the regular animal losses of pastoral herders in Qinghai due to recurrent natural disasters, and to build up their own capacities to prevent damage from natural calamities.
  • To contribute to the overall improvement of herders’ future livelihoods, reduced environmental degradation and an increased capacity for risk prevention and management at local and provincial levels.

Immediate project objectives were:

  • To develop a comprehensive pastoral risk management strategy, including annual risk management contingency plans for two counties in Qinghai Province as pilot areas for further replication;
  • To develop and field test in selected villages, together with herders, innovative risk management techniques and improved livestock production options to improve rational utilization of the family-based ranches so as to reduce losses when disasters occur.

last updated:  Thursday, May 5, 2011