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Enhancing Capacity to Conduct Environmental Assessments

In November 2018, Andrew Rencz brought his 35 years of experience as a Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada to Mongolia. He worked with the environmental and investment departments at the Governor’s offices in Tuv and Dornod, inspectors from the General Agency for Specialized Inspection (GASI) and rangers from Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) to understand the current context of geochemical and geophysical environmental protection and how it can be strengthened. One result from Andrew’s assignment was a new relationship for MERIT with GASI’s head office.

We were very saddened to hear of TA Andrew Rencz's sudden death in January. Andrew was a very kind, patient and dedicated TA, and he will be greatly missed.

Technical Advisor Andrew Rencz with the inspectors from the General Agency for Specialized Inspection (GASI)

Protecting Wetlands, Ground Water and Water Courses

Andy Sharpe left his consulting business and working farm in Nova Scotia to collaborate with river basin authorities in Tuv and Dornod. He offered training on “Wetland Conservation and Environmental Management with Respect to Extractive Industries” based on his years of experience conducting environmental impact assessments. Local officials are now conducting regular water quality monitoring and are revising maps to incorporate wetlands as special protected areas. 

Technical Adviser Andy Sharpe assessing the wetland in Bayandun soum, Dornod aimag

Gender and Results-Based Management

MERIT Technical Adviser Raymond Gervais with the working group from Fresh Water Resources and Nature Conservation Center 
On his third MERIT assignment Raymond Gervais worked with the Fresh Water Resources and Nature Conservation Center (FWRNCC) to increase their understanding of results-based management concepts. Through his support, the team clarified their mission, vision and roles and designed a results-based work plan using a gender lens.  

Understanding Performance Management

MERIT Technical Adviser Pam Petten calls Mongolia her second home. After three years of working in Mongolia she has an impressive Mongolian vocabulary and knows all the best places to visit. Pam provided guidance to the working group at the Minerals, Resources, Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM) to build their understanding of the Performance Management Cycle. This training is aligned with and supports the implementation of Mongolia’s new civil service law that was approved in January 2019.

Working towards Quality Management Standards

The Governor of Dundgobi put 12 million Tugriks into the aimag’s 2019 budget for
ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard certification. Certification in this international standard takes leadership, commitment and perseverance to achieve.  

Michel Greaves inspired the team at the Governor’s office by introducing them to the ISO 9001 process and tools, the benefits to staff of increased skills and knowledge, efficient systems and the ability to provide a better service to the public.

Piloting a Mine Information Database

Veteran MERIT Technical Adviser Carmen Gagnon started to design a platform for the database from her home in Montreal. Once in Mongolia she worked closely with a task force created by the Governor of Tuv. The team collected data from various sources to categorize and upload it onto the database. 

Peer-to-Peer Learning

Building on the success of local cooperation agreements with petroleum and mining companies in Dornod, Tuv, Sukhbataar and Dundgovi asked MERIT to bring the partners together for peer to peer sharing and learning. Governors and their senior staff as well as senior officials from MERIT’s central level partners including the Ministry of Mines and Heavy Industry (MMHI), Minerals, Resources, Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM), the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), General Authority Specialized Inspector (GASI), Institute of Geography and Geoecology (IGG) gathered in January 2019 to attend a strategic consultation, the “Transformative Power of Local Cooperation Agreement for Regional Socio-Economic Development".

Supporting Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) to Participate in the Supply Chain

MERIT and the School of Business Administration and Humanities at the Mongolian University of Science Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) signed a memorandum of understanding to deliver training in collaboration with Dornod University to SMEs. Lecturers provided courses, designed with the support of Technical Adviser Eric Karlzen, to promote the capacity of SMEs to develop business plans so that they can access funding to participate in the local supply chain.

Gender Focal Points at the Governor’s Office

The gender focal points from the Sukhbaatar Governor’s Office participated in train-the-trainer training delivered by Technical Advisor Ginette Johnstone, on an Introduction to Gender Mainstreaming and then received follow-up support from MERIT’s long-term adviser Misha Goforth.

As a result of this combined training and support, the gender focal points conducted workshops with district (soum) level public officials on creative ways to increase gender mainstreaming capacity and gender awareness. The workshops build staff awareness on the gender impact and opportunities in the work of each department.

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