MoreStep stakeholder workshop
As part of the MORE STEP project, a stakeholder workshop was carried out on September, 13. 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The main aims of the workshop were to
- involve a variety of stakeholders at the very beginning of the research project
- identify the most pressing issues with regard to societal change and ecological sustainability in the steppe landscape
- identify the knowledge particularly needed by the stakeholders to make sound decisions
- develop a stakeholder engagement strategy as part of the research process.
Altogether, 42 participants from national and local government, foreign governmental agencies, national and international non-governmental organizations as well as the mining industry attended the workshop. In different break-out groups the participants discussed from their own area of expertise the most important problems and societal change in Mongolia, the main drivers thereof as well as potential solution pathways. As a main result changing lifestyles, (changing) mobility of wildlife and livestock as well as a lack of integrated policies on local land management were identified as the most pressing topics related to the sustainable development of the Mongolian Steppe ecosystem. The results give a baseline of the research needs from different stakeholders and will be integrated into the further research process.