Traffic signs set up on the road to eastern regionEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ WWF-Mongolia in cooperation with Environment and Tourism Office of Sukhbaatar province set up traffic signs on the eastern route. The basis for this effort was the absence of any signs or markings indicating the possibility of wildlife crossing on the road. The experts erected 30 traffic signs along the 543 km highway from Baruun-Urt to Khulunbuir on the spots where the gazelle herds cross. This will warn drivers to slow down in places where wildlife may appear, thus reducing the likelihood of wildlife crashes.
In addition, as a result of joint efforts of WWF-Mongolia and other partner organizations, Mongolia approved the “Standard for wildlife crossings in the steppe and desert” for the first time in Central Asia in 2015. Three years later, the "Standard for wildlife crossing along roads and road infrastructure in mountainous area" was approved. In this way, wildlife crossing is mandatory when road and railway is being constructed. It is very important to implement the standard. That is why, WWF-Mongolia is conducting a series of meetings with the stakeholders to promote standards. In addition, surveys are being conducted to identify potential crossings for newly planned roads.