Mercy Corps organized a training on SMS system in five soums of Bayan-Ulgii aimag under the Leveraging Tradition and Science-2 project (LTS2) in June 2016. Herders who attended this training learned to use the SMS system and receive weather forecasts on their cell phones. The herder D. Umbet was one of those training participants from Bulgan soum.
Mercy Corps Mongolia has successfully organized a Training of Trainers on the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) under the Leveraging Tradition and Science-2 project on 10-12 October in Ulaanbaatar. This training was organized in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization and was attended by over 30 participants from National Emergency Management Agency, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry, and Mercy Corps Mongolia. The goal of the LEGS training was to build capacity to support the saving of lives and livelihoods among livestock owning communities affected by disasters. All training graduates are expected to conduct such trainings for aimag based trainers in October and November in all target aimags.
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.