Mercy Corps Mongolia has organized the Resilient Communities Program design workshop on 5-6 September, 2016. The goal of this workshop was to share findings from the Strategic Resilience Assessment (STRESS) and start working on the design of the new project. After the Scoping Workshop held in May, Mercy Corps hired external consultants to analyze key developments and constraints in six major sectors: economic diversification, livestock production and marketing, urbanization, governance, ecosystem management and financial inclusion. The organizers shared the assessment findings and began brainstorming ideas to identify key sectors and interventions under the RCP project. Total of 31 participants representing MC Mongolia and HQ, government agencies, financial institutions and NGOs took part in the workshop.
Written by: Sofie Fredlund-Blomst, Senior Information Officer at USAID (OFDA)
For centuries, nomadic herders in Mongolia have relied on ecological knowledge and traditional practices to ensure the survival of livestock during extreme winters, known locally as dzuds. Climate change, however, is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events, threatening the sustainability of pastoral livelihoods. From November 2015–April 2016, Mongolia experienced extremely low temperatures and heavy snowfall that adversely affected livestock and livelihoods throughout the country. Compounded by the previous summer's drought, the dzud caused an estimated 1.1 million livestock deaths, affecting nearly 226,000 people or 41 percent of Mongolias herder population, according to the UN.
In Mongolia most people receive weather information from TV and radio. The weather forecast usually contains very general information on precipitation, temperature and wind for the whole aimag. For instance the weather information covers south-eastern part or north-western part of a particular aimag. And there is no information available for soums and baghs.