Environment and Energy

Mongolia’s rapid economic growth driven by natural resource extraction, is amplifying threats to the environment leading to land degradation, water and air pollution, loss of biodiversity, in addition to overexploitation of forests and pasture. Environmental degradation combined with rising climate change impact makes the highly natural resources dependent local people and the fragile ecosystems most vulnerable.

Our Goals

UNDP’s Environment and Energy portfolio focuses on the development of a range of strategies that enhance the country’s ability to conserve and protect its environment, and to empower local communities and enhance institutional capacity for sustained environmental management and climate change adaptation. UNDP also supports Mongolia in accessing international environmental financing.more

Shaazgai lake, Uvs Province, Mongolia

Mongolia is highly vulnerable to climate change due to its geographical location, fragile ecosystem and socio-economic conditions (Photo: UNDP Mongolia)more

Our Stories

Early Warning System Through Mass messaging in Mongolia

Mongolia is prone to natural disasters, as a country with huge territory of 1,565,000 square kilometres and underdeveloped infrastructure. Most common type of natural disasters formore 

Naranbek ristan on his monthly patrol of community lands to check on wildlife. (Photo: Midori paxton/UNDP)
Better managed natural resources expand livelihoods

Naranbek Ristan slings his binoculars and notebook around his neck and mounts his horse with graceful ease. He is setting off on a monthly patrol ofmore 

Herders of “Bayantuhumiin Uguuj Horshoo” group are encouraged by their results to make their desert area green (UNDP Mongolia)
Herders’ communal work revives degraded pastureland

This summer, herder communities involved in UNDP’s “Sustainable Land Management for Combating Desertification” project harvested high yields of hay, which was the result of several yearsmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation Approach to Maintaining Water Security in Critical Water Catchments in Mongolia

    The project objective is to maintain the water provisioning services supplied by mountains and steppe ecosystems by internalizing climate change risks within land and water resource management regimes. The project aims at alleviating vulnerabilities and dismantling identified barriers by implementing three interconnected componentsMore 

  • Strengthening the protected area network in Mongolia (SPAN)

    The objective of the project is to catalyze the management effectiveness and financial sustainability of Mongolia’s protected areas system. The annual revenues to the National PA system at project start were approximately US$2.5million. The project aims develop the management and financial capacity of MEGD and strengthen the partnerships between PA authorities and local communities, local government, NGOs and the private sector to achieve the long-term sustainability of PA financing to allow Mongolia to cover the financing gap.More 

  • The goal of the project is the reduction in the annual growth rate of GHG emissions from the building sector in Mongolia. The Building Energy Efficiency Project will contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions through the transformation of the Mongolian buildings market towards more energy-efficient building technologies and services, sustainable private house insulation and energy efficiency financing mechanisms.More 

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