By Dbang 'dus sgrol ma, Dkon mchog dge legs, Mgon po tshe ring, and Dpal ldan chos dbyings (CK Stuart and G Roche eds; William Bleisch, Preface)

3 Tibetan groups in Yushu Tibetan independent Prefecture, and Rtswa chog group in Hainan Tibetan self reliant Prefecture, Qinghai Province, PR China are studied by way of China's pastoral improvement regulations and their impression on neighborhood Tibetans.

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For example, a deadly conflict occurred between bordering pastoral communities in Rma chu and Henan19 counties from 1997-1999, beginning just after the government drew the official pasture border. This conflict killed at least twenty-nine people (Yeh 2003). Rangeland privatization intensifies conflicts between 17 A mdo is the northeast part of the Tibetan Plateau. Tsowa/ Tsho ba = tribe. 19 Henan Mongolian Autonomous County is one of four counties in Rma lho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

In the case of Yul gyi nyi ma, Lamiophlomis rotata was the least frequently observed plant. Geum rossii and Lamiophlomis rotata were not observed in the sampled area in Rtswa chog. This, however, does not indicate absence of the two species in the area. Geum rossii is a common meadow species that prefers moist soil. The research time may explain the absence of Geum rossii in sampled plots. Lamiophlomis rotata was likewise not observed in the sampled plots of Rtswa chog and it was not abundant in Yul gyi nyi ma, indicating its sparse distribution.

This was easily spent on education, health care, and food. Several skills-training projects were conducted. The first was carpet weaving. A carpet factory was established in the resettlement area but closed after two months. Training projects on motor engine repair and tailoring followed. Skills learned in such programs did not help trainees find jobs because they lacked diplomas and fluency in the Chinese language, and their skills were rudimentary. •34• Social Impact of EMP on Relocated Herders A major social impact of EMP on relocated herders was the change in their cultural environment from a traditional rural lifestyle to a modernized urban life.

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