Preperation of project proposal to develop an animal identifcation and traceablity system in Mongolia
In October 2015, the STDF Working Group approved a project
preparation grant (PPG) focused on animal identification and traceability in Mongolia,
which was requested by Sustainable Development Consulting, Mongolia. This project is developed in consultation with the Department of Veterinary and
Animal Breeding Services (DVAB) in Mongolia, and Department of Foreign Cooperation of Ministry of Good and Agriculture. The purpose of the project is
to develop a project proposal for an animal identification and traceability
system, for consideration by the STDF and/or other donors. Animal identification and traceability (AIT) are tools for
addressing and managing animal health (including zoonoses) and food safety
issues. AIT systems play a key role in animal health and disease control. When
well-designed and implemented, AIT systems can significantly improve veterinary
capacity in several areas (e.g. management of disease outbreaks and food safety
incidents, vaccination programmes, herd/flock husbandry,
zoning/compartmentalisation, surveillance, early response and notification
systems, animal movement controls, inspection, certification, etc.).As noted in the STDF Working Group meeting in October 2015, animal
identification and registration is the basic component of the system and
traceability is the next component needed to access export markets. The expected end date of this project is August 2016.
Workshop on Community Development Agreement
On 4th and 5th of November of 2014, Sustainable Development Consulting (SDC), jointly with International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), Ministry of Mining, Omnogobi Aimag Governer's Administration Office has successfully organized “Workshop on Community Development Agreement” in Dalanzadgad city of Omnogobi aimag, Mongolia. Workshop provided a constructive platform for discussions among diverse stakeholders, including government, local government representatives, civil society, herders community, mining companies and international experts. Also other partners that joined us to make this workshop a success, they are Ministry Mining and Energy; Omnogobi Aimag Governor’s Administration Office,and Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG) from the USA. More than 70 participants attended the workshop and discussedinternational trends in CDAs, topics and processes involved in CDA-making, and how to monitor results.
Baseline Study for Khanbogd Soum
SDC has recently completed a Baseline Study of Khanbogd Soum for Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Khanbogd Soum Governor’s Office, and Umnugobi Aimag Statistical Department. The baseline study was conducted from July of 2013 until the end of November of 2013. The study used the same methodology employed in the 2010 Population and Housing census of Mongolia. This study is significant in that it is the first soum-level independent census ever to be conducted in Mongolia. In addition, the baseline is the first study in Mongolia that is based on private-public partnership, it was funded by Oyu Tolgoi and implemented by Sustainable Development Consulting and requested by the local soum government. What makes Umnugobi’s Khanbogd soum unique is that it has been a home to some large scale development projects (Oyu Tolgoi mine is the one of the largest mine in Mongolia) in recent years which, in return, have transformed its socio-economic and population make-up. Given the economic and social developments happening in Khanbogd soum, this baseline study is crucial in managing and planning for the changes in this community. The baseline methodology was developed under the guidance of Amarbal Avirmed, Advisor of SDC and Director of the Population Census Bureau of the National Statistical Office of Mongolia and Navch Tumurtolgoi, Partner of SDC and lecturer of Population Policy, Research, and Training Center at the National University of Mongolia. Similar to the 2010 National Census of Mongolia, the Geographic Information System (GIS) was used, which makes mapping, planning and registration of households and population easier to keep track of and analyze them visually.
Besides demographic information, the baseline covered housing conditions of dwellings, income profiles, and herders’ perception of pasture land quality in Khanbogd soum. The project employed more than 50 staff during the 4 months. Most of the enumerators were trained and hired from Khanbogd soum. We collected data of more than 1320 households and total population of 5665, covering 99.9 percent of population. The final descriptive report was prepared in both English and Mongolian and it is getting ready for publication and public dissemination in early 2014. Soon we will be able to share the reports and data.