In a recent address to the nation's Parliament, cited in the online news provider China Network Television, Mongolia’s Deputy Minister for Food, Agriculture and Light Industry J. Saule stated that over 70% of the country’s grasslands had become degraded from illegal mining and overgrazing, with livestock numbers that had increased by more than 12 million since the 1990s.
At the same meeting, a Water Resource Department official said that due to extreme droughts caused by climate change, more than 1,000 of the country's rivers, lakes, and streams had disappeared.
The land condition known as desertification has also become a major problem for the Asian country, where the regions classified as being severely affected have increased by more than five times in the past ten years.
Our sincere thanks, Deputy Minister J. Saule and all officials who are raising awareness about these challenges of human-caused decline to our environment. May we hastily implement measures to protect Mongolia’s precious grasslands and renew the flourishing of our planet.
During an April 2011 videoconference in Mongolia, Supreme Master Ching Hai urged for the halting of livestock raising as a dual solution both to climate change and land degradation.
Sources: CNTV, Mongolia Economy link 1, http://www.mongoliaeconomy.com/?p=1022, Mongolia Economy link 2, FAO