MONGOLIA: A COUNTRY SWEPT BY WINDS. Nowhere else but in Mongolia is the threat of desertification more visible and acute. 7% of the steppes are already eaten up by The gobi desert which covers already 40% of the whole territory. The once green paradise of the Khar-us Lake in the western part of the country, has nearly dried out in the past five years, raising tensions among the herdsmen who now have to fight for their share of water. The nearby Khairkhan Jagarlant glacier is melting at high speed and local young people are left with no choice than to leave. A vicious circle NGO’s are trying to avoid by providing reconversion schemes based on traditional artscraft and local products.