Students protected 9 springs within 2 years
WWF-Mongolia supports activities and initiatives of children’s eco-clubs and it definitely is showing results. For instance, in Altai-Sayan ecoregion, eco club children are successfully implementing protection of springs for wildlife. According to children, livestock carcasses were happened to be near the dried out springs. Eco-club children built a fence around source of the spring and cleaned the area. Thanks to these activities, in 2018 four sources of spring were protected and their runoff increased. Automatic camera footages prove that many wild animals are drinking from the springs.The children decided to expand the initiatives to protect the springs. They have introduced their project during herders meeting and fundraised MNT 21 million from 7 soum herders of Gobi-Altai province. Consequently, the funding is being used to protect the springs.
In the summer and fall of 2019, eco-club students were more active. They protected 5 spring headwaters with 35 herders in Sharga and Khuis Gobi, which is a main habitat area of Mongolian saiga. The eco clubs signed a triple agreement with the soum administration and herders. The keys were handed over to the herders. Thus, the herders have the responsibility to protect the fenced springs. This is also the first occurrence in Mongolia.
This initiative started by eco-club children with the support of WWF-Mongolia, continues to be successful and appreciated. The Nature Conservancy in Mongolia (TNC) started protecting Takhilt springs of Chandmani soum, Khovd province and Bumbat springs of Darvi soum. In the future, as many organizations support this initiative and the springs may flow continuously.