Project: Can Traditional Livelihoods and Mining Co-exist in a Changing Climate: Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships in Mongolia to Reduce Risk and Address Loss and Damage

Status: Ongoing

Project Summary: The proposed project has two primary aims: a) to identify risks from climatic changes for Mongolia’s two primary economic sectors – mining and herding, and b) to build in-situ capacity in these sectors to adapt to changing conditions with a view to reducing the resulting loss and damage (L+D) through both incremental and transformative changes. By bringing together these key economic enterprises, the project highlights that despite being in conflict in the past over access to environmental resources such as land and water, there is much scope for drawing out synergies between the two sectors in relation to exchanging resources, knowledge and skills. It is the project’s hypothesis that by focusing on a shared challenge, the sectors will be able to better co-ordinate their strengths and enable effective collaboration with government and civil society to address climate-related natural disasters.

The project will undertake workshops to bring together multiple stakeholders to not only take stock of current knowledge, resources and instruments available to deal with climatic disasters but also address their concerns including current and potential risks from climate change, stakeholder priorities and knowledge gaps in relation to building resilience to natural disasters and strategies for developing practical implementation and partnership-building plans, going forward into the future.

There will be three workshops in total, each roughly comprising 30 participants representing herding groups, mining companies, local, provincial and national government, academics, media and civil society. The workshops are scheduled for September 2014. Two workshops will be at the local/regional level (Omnogovi and Bayankhongor aimags in the Gobi and Gobi-Altai regions respectively) followed by a concluding multidisciplinary workshop in Ulaanbaatar. Findings from the regional workshops will inform the final workshop to identify both short and long-term policy concerns and possible solutions. For more information please click here. For all other inquiries please contact Dr. Vigya Sharma (Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining).