Improving Adaptive Capacity and Risk Management of Rural Communities in Mongolia
May 11, 2020
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Increased temperatures, coupled with decreased precipitation, have resulted in a drying trend impacting pastures and water sources, and shifting natural zones in Mongolia. Changes have also been observed related to the frequency and intensity of extreme events, including harsh winter disasters (dzud), drought, snow and dust storms, flash floods and both cold and heat waves. Responses to climate impacts by herders have not been informed by climate information or by the potential impact of those responses on land and water resources. Unsustainable herding practices and livestock numbers are further stressing increasingly fragile ecosystems and related ecosystem services.