WYHA Project: Community Dialogues (2-10 August, Mongolia)
Yak herding in Mongolia
Although Mongolia continues to be the second country in number of yaks (aroud 400000 in 2011), yak herding is in serious decline in the three main mountain areas where has been a substantial part of the pastoral landscape: Khangai, Khövsgöl and Altai. Paradoxically, yak herding is considered in Mongolia as a highly productive activity because of the high qualitity of the products derived from yak and khainag husbandry: meat, hair, and milk.
Community Dialogues in 3 mountains areas
It consists of one gender/age balanced workshop in Tsetserleg with participation of the Khangai yak-herding community (sections of the Arkhangai and Bayankhongor aimags in Khangai mountain area) and two aditional informal meetings with yak herders in Khatgal area of Khüvsgül aimag and Horgon Nuur area of Bayan Olgii aimag.
Local Workshop Agenda
Informal meeting of the participants in Tsetserleg. Formal self-introduction of the participants. Message from the other yak herders from Bayan Olgii and Khatgal.
Presentation in local language (WAMIP, PACA, MANIP, PKH, etc.). Oral presentation by the WYHA project coordinator, representative from FAO in Mongolia and from PACA/MANIP.
Dialogue on problems, opportunities, conflicts and challenges of yak herders in Mongolia. Special focus on the role of young generations and how to improve the current situation.
Discussion on the testimonies collected in Khatgal and Bayan Ulgii.
Election of two representatives (man/woman) from Khangai to represent Mongolia in the future World Yak Herders Association. Election of a regional leader.