Ротационное использование пастбищ: как применять метод «ответного индекса выпаса»

Rotational grazing: how to apply the Grazing Response Index method

18 September 2022

The specialists of the CAMP Alatoo PF have prepared a "Step-by-Step Manual for Rotational Pasture Management" on the Grazing Response Index (GRI) methodology. This is the second edition of the detailed manual for shepherds on introducing the GRI method in pastures to be applied by land users who just started to get acquainted with this practice.

The updated version describes the five key steps in the GRI application: identification of area, site mapping, grazing planning, plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation of pasture, presentation and discussion of results.  The sections include a brief glossary of key terms, definition and explanation of the GRI method, as well as schematic images and sample evaluation forms for the method, grazing schedules and photographs. The instructions give detailed advice on how to keep photographic documentation of the whole process of using the method and how to take good quality pictures, which will later serve as the necessary material for comparing the results from the use of GRI.

In contrast to the first version, the new publication provides details on how to conduct monitoring and who should be involved in the process, explains the concept of a "monitor", as well as how to make a presentation and discuss the results of the GRI assessment with the shepherds.  

All information is presented in an understandable form in Kyrgyz and Russian. The electronic version is available at www.camp.kg in the "Publications" section. 

To date the DIA method is used by pasture users in Issyk-Kul, Naryn and Chui oblasts. The CAMP Alatoo PF has been adapting the GRI since 2016 in the framework of the Kyrgyz pasture and nature resource management project, and published this manual with its support.

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