SIBELIUs will provide improved severe-weather resilience for Mongolian herding communities using satellite Earth Observation derived environmental services.
The SIBELIUs project, supported by the UKSA’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), will deliver improved severe weather-resilience for herders by providing Mongolia’s National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring (NAMEM) with increased capacity for distributing new and upgraded environmental products to key stakeholders who are supporting the herding communities, which comprises approximately 30% of the country’s population. These populations and their livestock can be exposed to extreme weather events known as ‘dzuds’. Dzuds are weather events characterised by dry, arid summers, adversely affecting pasture growth, followed by extreme cold and snow in winter and subsequent loss of livestock. Dzuds can devastate animal numbers and livelihoods, with resulting social and economic damage. Climate-change is leading to an increase in the frequency and intensity of these dzud events.
SIBELIUs will channel its benefits through three existing networks:
- The insurance sector.
- Government agencies coordinating livestock and land use.
- Directly to the herders through text messaging and television broadcasts.