Academic Venture Fund - 2018

Doing More with Less: Sustainable Livestock and Wildlife Management

Martin Gilbert - Livestock herders are pictured in Burgut Conservancy, Alichur, in Eastern Tajikistan

The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan support a fragile ecosystem of limited resources that is increasingly at risk due to unsustainable numbers of livestock. Wild ungulates, in particular, are threatened by grazing competition and disease, which also impact the endangered snow leopards that hunt them. This project aims to develop a self-sustaining veterinary support system that will help Pamiri communities achieve the same or greater productivity from maintaining smaller, healthier livestock herds, with a reduced environmental footprint.

Investigators: Martin Gilbert, Edward Mabaya