Tuul River Basin Report Card Stakeholder Workshop
Report cards are assessment and communication products that compare ecological, social, and/or economic information against predefined goals or objectives. Similar to school report cards, river basin report cards provide performance-driven numeric grades or letters that reflect the status of a river basin on a regular basis. They effectively integrate and synthesize large, and often complex, information into simple scores that can be communicated to decision makers and the general public.
The Tuul River, in northern and central Mongolia, is 704 km long and drains an area 49,840 square km. The river originates in the Khan-Khenti Nuruu Nature Reserve in the Khentii Mountains, flows through the southern part of the capital Ulaanbaatar, before a long journey to the Orkhon River. The Orkhon then flows into the Selenge River, which flows into Russia and Lake Baikal. Currently the river is suffering from pollution, some caused by Ulaanbaatar’s central sewage treatment facility, as well as heavy mineral and sedimentation pollution caused by gold mining in the Zaamar area. In addition, the steady influx of people settling near the river is causing a degradation of water quality.
Executing organization: Department of Land Planning and Water Resources Management of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia
Implementing organization: Tuul River Basin Authority (jointly with WWF Mongolia)
Financing organization: WWF USA and Asian Development Bank
Partner (expert) organization: WWF Mongolia and WWF US and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
It is estimated that development and production of the report card will take 18 months with a release planned for March 2019. Following the initial stakeholder workshop in October 2017, the next eight months entails collection and analysis of data for the identified indicators, and preparation of a draft report card for stakeholder review and discussion at a second workshop in September 2018. The report card grades, methodology, findings, and recommendations will be updated based on stakeholder feedback and distributed for final review and agreement, prior to release to the public on World Water Day on 22 March 2019.