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Speaker Series - Eli Hornstein

Cooperation for conservation in Mongolia: international and interdisciplinlinary opportunities, plus discussion of recent research in restoration ecology

August 4th, 2015 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-048 

 Mongolia is excellently positioned to be a conservation success story: this country entered the new millennium with limited environmental degradation and the least dense population on the planet, on the heels of an environmental balance that withstood thousands of years and many political systems.  However, we must now face some of the most extreme conservation challenges that threaten to derail Mongolia’s chances for sustainability.  A growing population with a rising standard of living demands more resources even as Mongolia is predicted to be among the most extremely damaged regions by global climate change.

This talk will cover two topics.  First, we will consider the infrastructure that will be needed to support environmental research and conservation that effectively solve the problems we face.  Second, as an example of just one of thousands of questions that must be answered under such an infrastructure, I will describe a very recent laboratory project to determine the growth characteristics of Gobi plants that will be used to restore mining lands. 

 
Speaker Series: Holly Barcus

Place Identity, Homeland Narratives and Transnational Migration Decisions in western Mongolia

July 7th, 2015 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-048

Accompanying the dissolution of the USSR and the formation of new nation states in the 1990s, nearly half of Mongolian Kazakhs migrated from their adopted home of Mongolia to the imagined homeland of Kazakhstan.  By 2000, a sizable percentage returned to Mongolia.  In explaining their decisions to stay in or to return to Mongolia, the Kazakhs we interviewed cite several culturally specific factors.  Place identities, as expressed through cultural elements of religiosity, kinship ties, and language versatility tie Mongolian Kazakhs strongly to western Mongolia while meta-narratives about diaspora and homeland prescribe identity with Kazakhstan.  Utilizing life history interiviews, participant observation, and questionnaire data we argue that Mongolian Kazakhs actively employ narratives of their cultural history to re-create and re-establish place identities in Mongolia and ultimately re-imagine Mongolian-Kazakh community and identity.  These recreated place identities have emerged among Mongolian Kazakhs who chose to remain immobile or return migrate from the 'homeland' of Kazakhstan.

 
Speaker Series: Natsagnyam Namkhai

Political neutralization for green world protection

June 23rd, 2015 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-048

The present green world failure is created by the political systems we have. If we had a clever system, it would not have been done. We should neutralize the systems based on Plato’s circulation. The circulation of Pareto tells us what we should do next. Once we have a better system, the existing bugs will automatically be disappeared and the green world will be protected automatically even we do not want.

 
ACMS Members and Fellows Profiles

The ACMS has a wide diversity of members and fellows who are conducting work on a variety of projects in many different fields of study. These profiles will give everyone a chance to see what their colleagues and fellow members are accomplishing.

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Protecting Grassland Ecosystems: Experiences in Africa and South America - Dr. Stuart Pimm

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 7:00 pm Blue Sky Hotel, 3rd floor.

 The ACMS in collaboration with the National University of Mongolia is thrilled to host a Distinguished Speaker lecture with world conservation expert Stuart Pimm at the Blue Sky Hotel on Tuesday June 9th starting at 7 pm.  Dr. Pimm will speak about his efforts in grassland conservation and how basic ecological research can be turned into effective design and policy for protected areas.

 

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Speaker Series: Sara Jackson

Choking on Progress: Road Dust and Mongolia's Mining Boom in Eastern South Gobi Province

June 2nd, 2015 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-048

South Gobi province is at the center of Mongolia’s mining boom, where companies began exporting minerals over dirt-track roads in the early 2000s. This paper examines recent controversies surrounding the development of mining roads near the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine and the Chinese border. At the time of the research, local residents, particularly nomadic herders, were concerned that dust produced from unpaved mining roads was coating the pasture, causing illnesses among livestock, and rendering life unsustainable in the region. I argue that the dust from mining roads is an undesirable by-product of modernity that challenges the promises of progress and development. The dust excludes local residents from the promises of national development through mining as the dust infiltrates their daily lives and disconnects them from livelihoods and landscapes. I demonstrate how the presence of dust renders mining an uncomfortably intimate experience as state and corporate actors negotiate responsibility for infrastructure development. The paper contributes to a political ecology of dust and provides an analysis of perceptions of Gobi dust. Methods for the paper include interviews, focus groups, and participant observation conducted in South Gobi province and Ulaanbaatar in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

 
Building Resilience of Mongolia’s Rangelands: A Trans-disciplinary Research Conference

June 9-10th, 2015  Blue Sky Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

 

What is the future of Mongolia’s rangelands and pastoral people?  How can these ecosystems and cultures be sustained in the 21st century?

    Mongolian rangelands and the pastoral systems that depend on them are at a potential tipping point. Some research reports widespread grazing- and climate-induced degradation, while other assessments find that Mongolian rangelands are resilient but at risk.  Herders observe changes in both climate and rangeland conditions, and rural poverty remains a persistent challenge.  New institutional innovations in rangeland assessment, monitoring and management offer reason for hope, but scientific evaluations of their process and outcomes are scarce.

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On the Move One Last Time

In true nomadic tradition, the ACMS has relocated several times during the last 10 years.  Through our partnership with local Universities, the ACMS has been located in  the National University Mongolia and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.  Recently we have been in our temporary location at the Center 34 building. Just as Mongolia is becoming more urban and settled, the ACMS is now moving one more time to what will be our long term home. 

 Through the generous support of the Natsagdorj Ulaanbaatar Public Library, we will be located on the main floor, northeast corner of the Library, accessible by the East Entrance.  This new, larger space will house the ACMS admin office, library and resource center and GIS lab.  It will also be the home for the Books for Asia Program delivered in partnership with the Asia Foundation.

Starting on November 19th, the ACMS will be operating exclusively from the new location.  Come by and visit by following the link to the  new ACMS.

New ACMS Link

ACMS Office - Natsagdorj Library East Entrance

New Telephone Numbers:

ACMS:     976 7711 0486

Books for Asia:   976 7710 0486