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.
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.
128 soums in 15 aimags: Arhangai, Bayan-Ulgii, Bayanhongor, Dornogobi, Dundgobi, Gobi-Altai, Hentii, Hovd, Huvsgul, Selenge, Suhbaatar, Umnugobi, Uvs, Uvurhangai and Zavhan
July 2016 – June 2017
Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
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