Water in Mongolia

February 15, 2007 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

The challenges water issues pose vary from region to region. For some flooding is a threat, for others it is drought that threatens existence. In Mongolia acces to water defines the economic and political life of the people. In a 2005 speech by Ms. Pratibha Meht, the United Nations Development Program’s representative to Mongolia, the challenges the country faces were addressed.

For Mongolia, water bears a more complex character despite its primary life- supporting function. It is the major productive means and input for the national economy. One of leading economic sectors, livestock husbandry, for instance, employs 170,000 households and/or 375,000 people. They manage 20 million heads of livestock, directly depending on water not only for their basic human needs, but for their livelihood; herds and their grazing rangeland are supported by water. Recognizing the importance of water to the livelihood of Mongolians, the Government of Mongolia joined the Millennium Development Declaration and made the commitment to achieve 80 percent coverage of safe water provisions by 2015.

To read the full speech visit the UN Mongolia Website.

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Entry filed under: animals, Mongolia, politics, United Nations, water.

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