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Премия рунета 2017

Russia shares experience with Mongolia on protected areas work

11 october 2018
For the first time the heads of 30 protected areas of Mongolia under the leadership of Tserendorj Batbayar, the deputy minister of environment and tourism of Mongolia, visited protected areas of Zabaikalsky province in Russia – Sokhondo Nature Reserve and Alkhanai National Park. The meeting was conducted on 5-8 October with support of WWF Russia.
The visit of such representative delegation was prepared during a year. Mongolian side was long ago interested to be introduced to the experience of Russian protected areas, especially transboundary ones, such as Sokhondo Nature Reserve in Russia and Onon-Balj National Park in Mongolia. The structure and legislative basis of Russian protected areas due to their many year history are very well developed; the work is carried out in the similar directions and covers the sphere of protection, science and ecological education. We have been working on this background for more than 10 years in order to establish a tansboundary protected area “Sources of the Amur River”, - commented Viktor Yashnov, director of Sokhondo Nature Reserve.
Welcoming Mongolian delegation in Sokhondo NR
Sokhondo Nature Reserve

At the meeting the heads of protected areas of Mongolia presented in details the directions and methods of joint work of Onon-Balj NP and Sokhondo NR. It was reported in particular about protection measures on transboundary rivers such as the Agutsa, Bukukun, Kirkun in the spawning period, fire preventive measures in Gornaya step Wildlife Refuge on the border with Mongolian national park.

It was noted that with the establishment of the buffer zone we managed to secure the herd of Mongolian gazelle on the territory of Kyra region of Zabaikalye: resident group of dzerens on the left bank of the Onon River reached 1000 individuals and lives here permanently during 20 years. The wildlife refuges protect area with the unique mountain grassland and the biggest colony of Siberian marmot. The monitoring of rare crane species and other rare birds is carried out in transboundary area, as well as joint expeditions, publications of scientific research.


Mongolian gazelle
Sokhondo Nature Reserve
This is undoubtedly a great success in the implementation of a program for the joint wildlife conservation. These days in Russia we are summing up the results and making plans for the future. Now our main task is to assess the prospects for enhancing cooperation and develop a further cooperation strategy,” - said Tserendorj Batbayar, deputy minister of environment and tourism of Mongolia.

WWF has been cooperating with the Sokhondo Nature Reserve for more than 10 years, helping to expand its territory and strengthen relations with Mongolia. In 2008, the Mixed Russian-Mongolian Commission on Environmental Protection supported the WWF’s initiative to form the “Amur Green Belt” - a network of protected areas in the Amur River basin, announcing the need to establish a transboundary protected area “The Sources of the Amur River”.

White-naped cranes
Sokhondo Nature Reserve
In 2011 the establishment of the “Sources of the Amur River” was included into the Action plan of the Ministry of Natural Resources of Russia on implementation of Concept for development of protected areas until 2020. In spite the fact that transboundary PA has not yet been signed, the close cooperation of Onon-Balj National Park and Sokhondo Nature Reserve continues on a permanent basis. We hope that this meeting will become a good platform for new partner relations between Mongolian and Russian protected areas.” – comments Petr Osipov, director of WWF Russia Amur branch.
Participants of the meeting in Sokhondo Nature Reserve
Sokhondo Nature Reserve
The purpose of this visit is to discuss the results of the 10 years cooperation between Onon Balj NP and Sokhond NR, to share experience on trans boundary cooperation to other Directors of PAA in Mongolia, and to discuss the opportunity to expand the cooperation between Onon Balj NP and Sokhondo NR in near future.”- commented Munkhchuluun Basan, AHEC programme manager of WWF Mongolia.

For the first time such a large-scale meeting for the staff of protected areas of neighboring countries was organized in Zabaikalye and aimed at strengthening and development of international relations between Russia and Mongolia.

For additional information please contact
Director of WWF-Russia Amur branch