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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Mongolia 2018
The main aim of this project is to stabilize the river bank and restore productive grasslands along the river upon which so many herding communities in Mongolia’s Ovorkhangai Province depend. The communities within the province have worked together to control livestock grazing and fence off sections of land to re-cultivate the areas as a way of increasing food production and rehabilitating the land surface.
River bank erosion and pasture degradation in the riparian area of the Taats River was accelerated by extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. There had been a number of problems, including rapid deterioration of pasture land thereby, making livestock husbandry the only means of livelihood in Mongolian Gobi, vulnerable.
The Taats River restoration initiative began as a community based organization, a self-help group of nomadic livestock herder households. The communities are involved in agroforestry experiments, livestock breed improvement, and implementation of climate change adaptive measure accompanied by new experiments on bio-fuel production to curb massive deforestation in the region.
By supporting both livestock based and non-livestock livelihood strategies, the initiative creates a good example for Gobi desert communities to build resilience to climate change. Growing of livestock fodder, agroforestry and building small reservoirs are all measures that have been identified for climate change adaptation in Mongolia. In addition, carbon sequestration takes place both in above ground biomass production as well as in soils of grasslands.