LTS II

 

 

 

LEVERAGING TRADITION AND SCIENCE IN
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION IN MONGOLIA - 2 (LTS2 Extension)

 

Since May 2015, LTS2 has built on the previous efforts of LTS1 and expanded the program to target 69 soums in 10 aimags that are considered at high risk of dzud. The program is successfully building and testing a national SMS system in all targeted aimags and increasing aimag and soum-level capacity to provide training on emergency planning, preparation and mitigation to the local community and to support plan development and implementation.

Based on our initial work under LTS and responding to the needs of households affected by dzud, Mercy Corps expands the total number of targeted soums to 128, and introduces dzud recovery and mitigation activities in close collaboration with the affected communities. In addition to that, Mercy Corps continues targeting training resources at soum-level government and civil society actors to ensure local capacity is built and is sustainable and will complete construction of a national SMS platform for weather and pasture information.

 

PROJECT GOAL

To reduce the risk of dzud to herder communities and rural economies in Mongolia through on-demand weather information and increased local planning and risk reduction capacity; and to mitigate the negative effects of the 2015-16 dzud by supporting local communities to plan and implement livestock related recovery activities that support long-term sustainability of extensive herding systems.

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  1. Complete construction of a national SMS platform for weather and pasture information delivered directly to herders
  2. Increase aimag and soum-level capacity to provide training on emergency planning, preparation and mitigation to segmented audiences within the local community
  3. Introduce local communities to sustainable mitigation activities based on the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) to address current year dzud effects on individual households and communities

 

PROJECT BENEFICIARIES

  • Total Number of People Targeted (Individuals): 49,354 (32,760 beneficiaries affected by Dzud, and 16,594 beneficiaries strengthening capacity (2,791 trainees and 13,803 mobile users))
  • Total Number of People Affected in the Target Area: 451,616

 

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

  • At the National Level: National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Agency of Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring (NAMEM), Ministry of Agriculture and Light Industry (MOFALI) and AlphaLab LLC
  • At the Local Level: Aimag and soum governors, local EMA officers, Vocational Training Centers

 

PROJECT AREA

128 soums in 15 aimags: Arhangai, Bayan-Ulgii, Bayanhongor, Dornogobi, Dundgobi, Gobi-Altai, Hentii, Hovd, Huvsgul, Selenge, Suhbaatar, Umnugobi, Uvs, Uvurhangai and Zavhan

 

PROJECT DURATION

July 2016 – June 2017

 

FUNDED BY

Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

 

ACTIVITIES

  • Create and distribute weather and pasture information via SMS to beneficiaries
  • Promote SMS services to local phone users
  • Provide trainings for local beneficiaries on receiving, understanding and applying the SMS information
  • Update and refine a training curriculum to address knowledge and skills relevant to disaster risk reduction
  • Implement a training program to expand local training and planning capacityof herders, local government officials and disaster management councils

 


 

FILES

· SMS System Impact Assessment Survey Report (0.5 MB): [Eng]

· SMS System Presentation for ICT4D 2017 Conference (5.7 MB): [Eng]

· LTS2 Program Reports (1.1 MB): [Eng]

· SMS System User Guide for All 15 Provinces (102 MB): [Mon]

· 7. Hovd News TV Video – Discussion on SMS System: [Mon]

· "Dzud Lessons" Book 2016 (2nd Edition): [Mon]

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