Mongolian natural disaster hurts herders

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Meredith

In 2010, Mongolian herders suffered a huge natural disaster called a dzud. According to an article in The Nation online newspaper, “A dzud is a natural phenomenon arising from a summer drought, which brings snow blizzards combined with arctic cold resulting in insufficient grazing pastures, which often leads to the starvation and death of livestock on a massive scale.” About one third of the Mongolian population is made up of nomadic pastoralists, the majority of which rely on the income from livestock. Since then, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has been working in Mongolia to help farmers bounce back from the devastation of the dzud as well as trying to help them develop ways to avoid the catastrophic effects of the next natural disaster.

 

Read more about the natural disaster and WSPA’s efforts in Mongolia here.

 

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