Responsible Nomads employs six key indicators that herders must comply with to continue involvement in the Green Pasture Project. These include: responsible actions of herders, maintenance and improvement of rangeland health, keeping up to date with animal health services, ensuring animal welfare, promoting environmental stewardship, and traceability of livestock. Each of these indicators are meticulously measured for each herder through a mobile phone application, recorded within the Responsible Nomads database system. At the same time, the traceability system developed for Responsible Nomads provides end-customers with a guarantee that raw materials have been produced by nomadic herders who maintain responsible rangeland and herd management practices and care for the wildlife sharing the rangelands.
|RMTS – Raw Material Traceability System is a smart phone application which can be downloaded from Play Store and App Store||By clicking on the camera icon, the app allows you to scan the QR code on the product label which is originated from the ear tag code of a livestock||RMTS verifies that product is manufactured from raw materials, which meet above indicators|
This project operates in the Chandmana soum of Hovd aimag and benefits 97 herder households. The Green Pasture Project saw promising results through the implementation process in 2019. The loan was successfully administered to all qualified participants and herders have largely complied with herd reduction requirements and sustainable rangeland management practices. On average, herders have sold 7694 livestock, which is 6 percent higher than the planned number. Green Gold Animal Health Project has been working in Chandmana soum of Hovd aimag since 2017. According to rangeland health monitoring system introduced with the support from the Project, the rangeland health has stabilized and heavily degraded rangelands showing signs of recovery in Chandmana soum. Herder families have been maintaining number of livestock at the same level in the past three years to manage grazing pressure and to avoid depleting the recovery capacity of rangelands heavily over grazed.
Mongolian National Federation of PUGs and the Green Pasture Project team are now considering how to move forward in 2020 and beyond. The Responsible Nomads traceability system shows incredible promise in promoting and monitoring sustainable rangeland and livestock management. Managers will continue to monitor the progress through 2020 and will explore how the effect of financial incentives could be utilized in the future.
Mongolian National Federation of Pasture User Groups