The first stakeholder’s meeting of Working Group for water protection zones as a no-go areas for mining according to the Law on Water
The first stakeholder’s meeting of the working group was organized by Binder soum of Khentii province on March 18, 2019, with the support of WWF-Mongolia. In addition to the working group members, Binder soum authorities, state environmental inspectors, and the Onon Ulz River Basin Authority participated. The meeting discussed and exchanged their challenges and solutions how to implement regulation on water protection zones of the law.
According to local authorities, insufficient budget and lack of coordination among public institutions interfering implementation of the regulation of Law on Water. Binder soum is characterized as the nearest settlement areas on Onon river. Therefore, it connects to water pollution. Lately, Gutai gold mining company is receiving a lot of local criticism, which is bordered by Binder soum. If the mining is operational then the Onon River is at risk of pollution, which is the headwater of Amur River in Mongolian part. Therefore, the parties agreed to take special care to this issue.
There are a number of issues to be solved and the first step is to set up hygienic zones of water supplies wells at the soum center, mark signs, solve budget issues and emphasize on the river's simple and specially protected zones signs.