In this year following actions was implemented to enhance capacity building of research team:
The project has organized a training seminar on “PM&E : Best practice” for researchers of the research
team on August 30, 2005. At the seminar, following issues, such as project goals, and its implementation, purpose of the participatory monitoring and evaluation, improving methods and tools of PM E and conducting optimal PM E system at community, CM team and project team level, were has discussed.
Project team’s focus group meetings, group discussions and field level comparisons were held several times among the researchers, and project has prized for the best research papers and the activities of project team members.
Project activity’s review seminar on “Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation & work progress” was organized in January 11- 13, 2006 at the “Continental” Hotel in Ulaanbaatar. During the seminar participations have exchanged their opinions and views and the work progress and tools\methods of PM&E. Meeting materials and its results were summarized and published.
Project team meeting on: Improvement of research methods for the scaling-up Co-management in the near future” was held at “Edelweiss” Hotel in June 17, 2006. During the meeting project researchers has exchanged views and identified directions for the scaling-up CM in line with new legal framework, and discussed future directions of the project after phase III.
Ways of scaling-up co-management:
- How to build capacity of communities, particularly learning communities?
- What ‘s the specific participatory research in phase III?
- What are the next directions after Phase III?
Training seminars and meetings on community members:
The holistic approaches on CD predicted by the triple challenge, which we are now facing: how to continue “unlearning” a centrally planned society, how to handle “the economic and political opening up,” and how to develop a pasture & NR management system that is sustainable in the long run and across the country taking into account the interests of all stakeholders –citizens, herders, government at various levels, Mongolian society at large.
The team’s efforts include a variety of activities at different levels of management, such as: field research activities, targeted training for herders, government staff and researchers (in participatory
rural appraisal, social and gender analysis, participatory monitoring and evaluation), national and international networking, and direct involvement in national policymaking including the drafting of new laws.
At the community level Project supports CD in:
- Sustainable livelihood opportunities (SLO)
- Networking & experience sharing
Community livelihood improvements:
Financial indicators on community fund are recorded in registration book of community activities and their financial statements are prepared on quarterly basis. Disbursements of and additions to the community fund are reported to community members. Women’s group within the communities got their own fund.
The comparison of the changes of household’s lives of CBNRM community members were compared against “Ikhbulag” community of Khotont and Tsagaan Uul community of Lun Sum, which were established in 2001.
The number of households with the cars occupied 3% and motorcycles 18% before establishment of communities, however, now number of households with the cars increased by 21% and motorcycles by 72% after establishment of communities, on the other hand, there were no solar energy and TV
before establishment of communities, however, now it was increased by 29-56% after establishment of communities.
Communities grew different types of vegetable jointly by households and by communities in the first
years on testing basis. However, old communities expanded their field for vegetable production and started growing special types of vegetables on test basis.