Russia shares experience with Mongolia on protected areas work
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.
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”.
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.