Adaptive capacity and risk management of rural communities to be enhanced
On March 12, Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Urtnasan had a meeting with Elaine Conkievich, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program
On March 12, Minister of Environment and Tourism N.Urtnasan had a meeting with Elaine Conkievich, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which Mongolia has effectively cooperated with over the past 20 years in expanding the protected area network, protecting biological species, adapting to climate change, and strengthening good environmental governance.
They had discussions about deepening cooperation in not only the environment but also tourism, formulating cooperation strategy, as well as a climate change mitigation project, to be launched soon. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism and UNDP is currently implementing three projects on wilderness, climate change, and biological diversity.
Stressing that climate change has become a pressing issue to not only Mongolia but the world, Minister N.Urtnasan expressed hope that the sides will successfully cooperate on the ‘Improving Adaptive Capacity and Risk Management of Rural Communities in Mongolia’ project that will integrate climate information into land and water use planning at the national and sub-national levels; scale-up climate-resilient water and soil management practices for enhanced small scale herder resource management; and build herder capacity to access markets for sustainably sourced, climate-resilient livestock products.
The sides also exchanged views on opportunities for cooperation in tourism. UNDP Resident Representative Elaine Conkievich said the organization can provide support in increasing tourist arrivals by promoting the beautiful nature and culture of Mongolia and reviving the sector after the pandemic.