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MERIT video shows environmental benefits of drone project

New video highlights innovative work supporting sustainable economic and social development in Mongolia

Click here for the pdf version of the press release (English and Mongolian)

Jan. 21, 2019 – The MERIT project in Mongolia has produced a video showcasing its innovative work in environmental drone mapping of the resource industry.

The drone mapping and related training by CESO and WUSC’s MERIT project, enables local governments to monitor and assess industry environmental impacts such as land use changes and ongoing reclamation efforts.

“Our work in innovative projects, such as the drone mapping training, not only allows for greater monitoring and transparency of the environmental impacts of the natural resource industry, it also builds capacity at the local level,” says MERIT Project Director Jennifer Adams.

The drone mapping project provides hands-on, train-the-trainer workshops by MERIT’s Canadian Technical Advisors to local authorities, who are responsible for monitoring mineral resources, environment protection, and land-use management in Mongolia communities.

The training contributes to more open communication with communities regarding infrastructure development and conservation efforts, which can result in greater community engagement.

The training also builds capacity at the local level — those trained are able to train others in remote locations and share information with central level agencies, resulting in long-term expertise for Mongolians.

The new video features breathtaking views of the Mongolian landscape and of ongoing land reclamation efforts.

MERIT also recently produced two additional videos, one focussing on a MERIT Technical Advisor on assignment in Mongolia, and the other on MERIT’s work in gender mainstreaming to ensure equitable access and benefit to project activities, resources and outcomes for women and men in Mongolia.

About MERIT  

The MERIT (Mongolia Enhancing Resource Management through Institutional Transformation) project supports responsible resource management aimed at sustainable economic and social development to improve the livelihoods of communities in Mongolia. The project is a partnership between two Canadian non-profit organizations: CESO (Canadian Executive Service Organization); and WUSC (World University Service of Canada). MERIT is a multi-year project  funded by Global Affairs Canada.

About Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)

CESO is an international economic development engine growing sustainable, inclusive businesses, and strengthening government infrastructure. CESO deploys its experts to communities, partners, governments and people starting or growing their businesses around the world and in Canada. A not-for-profit organization since 1967, CESO’s experts are volunteer advisors who devote their time and energy toward economic and social change in more than 500 assignments each year.

About WUSC

World University Service of Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education, employment and empowerment opportunities for youth around the world.

We thank and gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Global Affairs Canada.



Karin Seybold
Communications Manager


David Brazeau
Director of Communications and Engagement