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Population, Pasture Pressure, and School Education

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Population, Pasture Pressure, and School Education[1]
Case Study from Naqchu, TAR, PRC[i]
1.Research Methods 
There were, however, many difficulties involved in researching these questions in Tibet. Academics from different disciplines, as well as government officials have very strong and often contradictory views. One common argument is that overgrazing and deterioration of pasture is caused by an overgrowth in the population, as well as by the herders*s “backwards” traditional knowledge about common pastureland management. I had to challenge and confront these arguments while conducting fieldwork.
Due to limited time, financial resources and other restrictions, I could not conduct a structured questionnaire field survey.

Therefore, the statistical data on processes is somewhat limited.

This paper is based on field works in Naqchu and Lhasa in 2004 and in 2005 and in 2007. The paper is also developed partly from my MA thesis Man-Nature-Interactions on the Tibetan Plateau: Practical Concerns and Symbolic Meanings of the Nagchu Yak Herders, which was based on 8 months fieldwork in Naqchu between 2000 and 2003.

The real name of places and informants are not used in this paper. 

[1] This paper is originally published at Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies (JIATS)

[i] I acknowledge the Tibet-Norway Network that funded my research, and thank to Dr. Kenneth Bauer who has commented on this article.