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Communal management of land and natural resources has a long tradition in Asia. These management practices have been exercised in different countries through different regimes, with established and accepted customary rules. Since the users themselves manage the resources, these users have ensured their preservation, regeneration, and sustainability. Customary practices at large tend to ensure fair access to resources and equal benefits shared from their use.
In Thailand, for example, the importance of the forest ecosystem among Lua and Karen indigenous communities is evident in their way of living. The rainforest is their source of food, shelter, clothing, and medicine, and its destruction would severely disrupt their lives. In Mongolia, nomadic pastoralism has been a way of life rooted in the country’s long history. Pastoral ecosystems represent specific socio-ecological landscapes shaped by centuries of nomadic animal husbandry production.
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