The Government of Mongolia has approved the inscribe of 9 landscapes for national protected areas
In terms of increasing territory of protected areas, WWF-Mongolia and other stakeholders have jointly conducted a broader set of preparation activities such as developing the justification for the proposed protected area, organizing discussions and consultations at local level, and conducting public awareness activities.
One of this landscape is Gutai area. Gutai gold deposit located in a territory of Batshireet soum of Khentii province to be mined by the “Pegmatite Mining” company and a protest by local people. This gold mine is located in upper area of the Onon River. If mining takes place at this deposit, the river and its basin ecology will be lost. Moreover 20 thousand of local people residing within the basin will have no a drinking water source, but considerable amounts of ecological damages in the basin. The Onon River is a source of the Amur River, listed as internationally important site. It is obvious that the Amur River will be impacted if the Onon River is polluted or contaminated. Meanwhile, the basin is valuable ecologically and historically. That is why, gold mining must be avoided and prevented in the basin.
Additionally, as of June 2019, 45 % of total protected areas of Mongolia were established thanks to WWF-Mongolia’s support.