Saiga Protection Work of Mongolia Appreciated

2024-02-15 17:12:02

Ulaanbaatar, 2024 February15 /MONTSAME/. The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals is taking place in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on February 12-17, 2024, and a sub-meeting on Saiga antelope protection was held on the sidelines of the Conference.

Mongolian delegates including Ts. Uranchimeg,  Chair of the Natural Reserve Policy Regulation Department; Justin Shanti, Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Senior researcher B. Buuveibaatar, Researcher S. Bolortsetseg participated in the sub-meeting.

The sub-meeting organized by Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA) was attended by representatives from the government organizations of Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan; Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat Office, United States Fish and Wild Animal Service, Golden Ocean Initiative (ADI), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Buuveibaatar, Senior Researcher for the Wildlife Conservation Society and Manager of the life environment program made a presentation on Saiga protection in Mongolia, and its plans. In his presentation, Buuveibaatar underscored the Saiga Protection Strategy Plan to be adopted by the Government of Mongolia in 2024 and how to protect the saiga population during infrastructure development. He also noted the collaborative efforts with international organizations and civil society organizations achieving saiga population growth from 3391 to 15540 in 2018-2023.

 Bolortsetseg, Manager and Researcher for the Wildlife Conservation Society presented about the successful collaboration of state and non-government organizations and civil society for ending illegal saiga trade. Moreover B. Chimeddorj, Director of Wildlife Protection at the World Wildlife Fund in Mongolia; G.Olonbaatar, Specialist at the Environment and Tourism Department in Gobi Altai aimag; Ch.Bayarmaa, Master of Science and Researcher of the Wildlife Protection Center introduced the saiga protection works carried out in Mongolia.

A study on saiga nutrition conducted by Researcher Ch. Bayarmaa within the framework of a saiga protection project in 2023 attracted much attention of participants and received the Small Grants Programme Award.

G.Olonbaatar, Biology Specialist at the Environment and Tourism Department in Gobi Altai aimag was presented with the Excellence in Saiga Protection award for his outstanding contributions to conservation of the saiga antelope.  


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