Tibetan Nomads, rulers of Tibet: the land of snows
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Government policy aims to settle more and more nomads. It says that this is aimed at improving the economic viability of animal husbandry and lessening the effects of natural disasters on the livelihood of Tibetan herdsmen.
This allows the government to manage the nomadic population as it gives them fixed addresses.The Chinese government is removing the nomads from their traditional grasslands, sometimes forcibly, to exercise more control over the Tibetan population.
For most nomads, the transition to a more urban lifestyle is difficult.
They are often settled in featureless blocks of housing by the side of roads or in newly created urban areas, and face the problem of creating an entirely new and sustainable livelihood.
Approximately 40% of the ethnic Tibetan population is nomadic or semi-nomadic.
In a letter to Ban Ki-moon, the Norwegian Tibet Committee together with 168 other organisations, stated that "under Chinese occupation, Tibetans are being denied their fundamental right to make their own choices concerning how best to adapt to climate change. The impact of climate change combined with the repressive political system across Tibet makes Tibet's nomads one of the most vulnerable peoples on the Earth today".