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Our organization, as a local partner, prepared the “The Feasibility study for the World Heritage Nomination, UNESCO of the Eastern Mongolian Steppes (2019-2020) - First phase” project proposal in cooperation with the Michael Succow Foundation, Germany. We intend to provide technical advice and necessary support for a potential nomination process.
Mongolian authorities inscribed the Eastern Mongolian Steppes on Mongolia’s Tentative List for nomination in 2014, along with a few other natural sites. Proposed as a serial property, the preliminary thinking suggests five areas with a total surface area of some 2 million ha. According to the Tentative List entry, the following protected areas are currently considered as potential component parts of a possible future serial property in the Eastern Mongolian Steppes.
Here in: Dornod Mongolia Strictly Protected Area (589,9 6 ha); Toson Khulstai Natural Reserve (458,51 ha); Bayantsagaan Steppes Natural Reserve (332,362 ha); Yakhi Nuur Natural Reserve (251,218 ha); and Jaran Togoo Steppes (381,476 ha).
These five areas, perhaps complemented by additional areas, would form the backbone of a coherent regional protected area representing a meaningful part of the vast steppe ecosystem.
The general project goal is to contribute to the conservation of particularly valuable examples of the extraordinary ecosystems of Eastern Mongolia’s temperate grasslands, and to increasing the awareness of World Heritage in Mongolia as well as to promote its use as a conservation instrument.
Under this goal, we are awaiting the results of the project to share the results with international experts in order to ensure an in-depth analysis of the feasibility the World heritage nomination of the Eastern Mongolian Steppes. The results will also help updating and supplementing ecological information regarding the Eastern Mongolian steppes. In addition, a preliminary draft statement of Outstanding Universal Value will be formulated and revised, and specific requirements will be identified for the nomination of serial properties and buffer zones.
In the process of the nomination, the feasibility study is the first step of the project.. It has the potential to significantly contribute to the conservation of Mongolia’s temperate grasslands by increasing international visibility, protection and accountability. During the project’s preparation for the WH nomination, both Mongolian and German experts will conduct all the planned activities regarding the nomination process.