Eastern Pamirs – A vegetation-plot database for the high mountain pastures of the Pamir Plateau (Tajikistan)
Vanselow, Kim André
The Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan are an arid high mountain plateau with wide valleys around 4000 m a. s. l. separated by ranges with peaks around 5000 m a. s. l. The breakup of the Soviet Union and the associated independence of Tajikistan in 1991 resulted in significant political and socio-economic changes in this area, also with impacts on the vegetation. Shortages of financial resources led to a reduced pasture rotation causing overgrazing in some areas. The lack of energy supply led to an increased extraction of dwarf shrubs for fuel wood. Here, a vegetation-plot database for the high mountain pastures of the Pamir Plateau is presented (GIVD ID: AS-TJ-001, http://www. givd. info/ID/AS-TJ-001) that may serve as a basis for studies on alpine vegetation, pasture ecology, livestock grazing impact, environmental change, and pasture management. It consists of 282 geo-referenced vegetation plots including dwarf shrub steppes and deserts, floodplain meadows, alpine herbgrass mats, and scree vegetation.