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MONGOLIA:

Dr. Tsohiogyn Adyasuren, Director General Environment Science, Monitoring and International Cooperation in the Ministry for Nature and Environment, stated that 75% of Mongolia's land is covered with the Gobi Desert. Overgrazing is one of the primary causes of desertification since shrubs are used for fodder by livestock during the dry season. Precipitation is less than 100mm per year and appears to be decreasing in desert areas. The government is working with UNEP to draw up a national action plan to combat desertification. However, he added, implementation will be difficult due to economic problems.