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Mongolia to test modeling tool for sustainable development

Ulaanbaatar is to be a test bed for a new, data-driven modeling tool that aims to help city regions develop sustainably, announced PreventionWeb, a project of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Mayor E.Bat-Uul and Professor Peter Head CBE, founder and chief executive officer of the UK charity The Ecological Sequestration Trust (The Trust) signed a memorandum of understanding on July 3, in the presence of Prime Minister Ch.Saikhanbileg, to work in partnership delivering smart, resilient and sustainable development for the people of Mongolia.
The tool, called resilience.io, helps cities plan and evaluate the business case for projects that bring improved human wellbeing, resource efficiency, clean energy and technologies that restore ecological systems. Ulaanbaatar faces serious problems with overcrowding, housing shortages, traffic and deadly pollution. Separately, plans are afoot to create a new, more sustainable capital for Mongolia 20 kilometers away from Ulaanbaatar. Being developed now by experts from Imperial College London and the Zurich-based Institute for Integrated Economic Research (IIER), the model is expected to be ready for testing next year.
The Ecological Sequestration Trust has been working in Ulaanbaatar since December 2013, supported by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to create an integrated, urban-rural, systems data platform called resilience.io.
“The aim of establishing The Trust was to provide all regions of the world with an open-source, free-to-use platform that would enable them to discover a more resilient, sustainable development pathway – a resilience compass. To do this we had to bring together world-leading modelers in human, ecological systems and economics,” said Head in a statement, and added that it was also necessary to find regions in different parts of the world with the leadership and desire to bring about transformational change for their people and willingness to use this platform for that purpose.

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