MoMo II: Integrated Water Resources Management in Central Asia

Model Region Mongolia





2010 − 2013


The key objective of the MoMo II project is the development and implementation of strategies leading towards an integrated water resources management (IWRM) for the model region Mongolia and Central Asia. Building on results of a first project phase the currently ongoing second phase aims at improving the basic knowledge for a locally adapted IWRM while at the same time implementing first elements thereof.

The subproject titled “participatory sanitation planning in peri-urban settlements: the case study of Darkhan, Mongolia” and managed by the UFZ, Department of Economics, aims to solve water supply and sanitation problems in a selected peri-urban subdistrict in the city of Darkhan. Here, water is generally distributed via water kiosks and residents use self-built, unsealed pit latrines with negative impacts for health and hygiene. The Darkhan case study is largely based on the planning approach HCES (household-centred environmental sanitation) and its further development, namely the CLUES approach (community-led urban environmental sanitation). The main socioeconomic research objectives are (i) to apply and test the HCES/CLUES approach in a selected peri-urban settlement in Darkhan and to contribute to its further development and (ii) to analyse the framework conditions for sanitation planning, such as political, legal, institutional, financial and socio-cultural conditions.