‘Land Degradation Offset and Mitigation in Western Mongolia’ project completesEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ A closing workshop of the project ‘Land Degradation Offset and Mitigation in Western Mongolia’ took place. Deputy Minister for Environment and Tourism Ts.Batbayar, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism Ts.Tsengel, and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Mongolia Beate Trankmann delivered opening remarks at the event.
In the western region of Mongolia, mining is currently less developed but might develop rapidly as a result of the Government’s economic development plans for the region. Thus, the project was implemented over three years to prevent potential harm to the rangelands in western Mongolia by introducing land degradation offsetting approaches.
Thanks to the project, special protected areas now constitute 16 percent of the region territory or 6.52 million hectares of land has been prevented from possible harmful effects. In addition, a total of 107 thousand hectares of land has been protected through improvement of pastureland management and land rehabilitation.
The project was jointly implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and UNDP Mongolia Office with grant aid of the Global Environment Facility and support of governor’s offices and public and private sectors of the region.