Sustainable cashmere from Mongolia-a market assessment

Nov 17, 2019

Recognising that market demand and purchasing practices are a key part of the puzzle, UNDP Mongolia commissioned this report to assess market interest in sustainability for cashmere sourcing from the country. Using information from interviews with key actors in the sector, the report looks at overall trends in cashmere purchasing, sourcing requirements for quality and sustainability, and appetite for investment in the development of sustainable cashmere. The findings show us that there is broad recognition of the environmental and social impacts such as overgrazing by goats, loss of biodiversity, and incomes for herders. There is also an acknowledgment that currently there are a range of scattered initiatives all aiming to tackle some of the issues and to set up working models for sustainably produced cashmere wool.

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