Community-based Conservation of Biological Diversity in the Mountain Landscapes of Mongolia’s Altai Sayan Eco-regionBookmark and Share

Goal of the project
To ensure the long-term conservation of the biodiversity of Mongolia’s Altai-Sayan region by mitigating threats and encourage sustainable resource use practices by local communities

Immediate objectives
Immediate Objective 1: Biodiversity conservation objectives integrated into productive sector institutions and policies. (GEF Financed & Co-financed).
Immediate Objective 2: To strengthen “traditional” protected area-based approaches by expanding their scope to include the landscape around them.
Immediate Objective 3:To successfully demonstrate how to integrate biodiversity into resource management and economic development practice & Policy. (GEF Financed & Co-financed).
Immediate Objective 4: To implement a project that learns from it’s successes and failures and shares these lessons and replicates best practices effectively among it’s own stakeholders and with others.

Intended results/outcomes
Outcome 1: Governments policies, institutional arrangements and capacities are in place to mainstream landscape conservation into development plans in AS region.
Outcome 2: Reduction of threats to biodiversity from unsustainable use from local communities in the Altai Sayan region.


New workbook for Mongolian community conservation groups available online - 14 September 2011

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The project team of the Altai Sayan Ecoregion Project has developed a community workbook that can be used for members of community partnerships in Mongolia to monitor their activities. In a previous version this workbook was developed by one of the community members of a project supported by GIZ and IPECON in the Gobi Region. According to the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, over 600 such groups now exist in Mongolia. A total of 64 communities supported by the Altai Sayan Project have formally registered as community partnerships and now formally manage an area of over 500,000 hectare in the Altai and Sayan Mountain Ranges.

Ms Ganchimeg Dorj, the Community Officer of the project, explains that the workbook is made to better record activities carried out by community conservation organisations (Nukhurluls). The book enables community members to document mapping of community managed areas, pasture management movements, information on community members, their community fund and results of their activities. The workbook makes it easier for community members to record and document their information and activities in a systematic way. It is also helpful for to prepare or report their activities and achievements to others.

Origin of the workbook:
The workbook was initially developed by a Community Organizer (G. Yuroolt, Bayanlig soum, Bayankhongor aimag) and introduced in the Gobi community organizations and reflected as an appendix (#3) of a book, named "Let's Learn Gobi communities". UNDP's Altai-Sayan Project supported the publication of this book. Based on experiences of the Altai Sayan project, the workbook was further refined and updated.