A campaign “FRUIT GARDEN FOR EACH HOUSEHOLD” is being successfully continued
Under this action, the WWF Mongolia is organizing the second-year’s campaign “A Friut Garden for Each Household” within the soums in Onon River Basin. According to the campaign organizers, local households in the soums have sustainable livelihood support income generating sources as they create and run their gardens. Furthermore, this effort has been a basis for behavioral change towards natural resource uses in the basin. Local communities do highly support and actively take place in the campaign considered that it will play a great role in conservation of forests and non-timber forest products in the future.
Under the first campaign, a total of 305 households were distributed with seedlings of different sorts of fruits and berries along with a small brochure containing basic suggestions on how to create and run fruit gardens. In the first year of gardening, growths of the seedlings were not so successful, but inexperienced local gardeners-communities were provided by experienced gardeners with some additional instructions and advice related to growing techniques and technologies. As a result of these instructions and dedicated efforts of local communities, the gardening was successful in 2017. The local gardeners-communities say “gardening is not an easy task or business. It truly requires instructions and advice of the field’s experts. If each household has its own garden in its private fence plot, it does not need to collect berries in forests. Indeed, this initiative is likely to make a great contribution in conservation of forests and non-timber forest products in the future. Thus, we support and take place in this campaign”.
The locals also say “Most importantly, we, local communities, have been learning about basics on gardening techniques and technologies starting from how to properly place or set and water seedlings to how to take care during their growth seasons through our physical engagement in the campaign“. In such, the campaign “A Friut Garden for Each Household” has been successfully taken place in soums in Onon River Basin encouraging many other local households to have their private gardens.