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“Plastic free Kherlen river”campaign was a success



Posted on 25 June 2019
More than 170 people attended the meeting to present what they have done.
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In 2018, WWF Mongolia initiated “Rivers without plastic” campaign launching first in Kherlen River Basin. At the inception phase, the local stakeholders sat down together and discussed how to involve the initiatives for whole basin. Based on the shared plan the stakeholders kick off campaign for the entire length of Kherlen floodplain in July 2018 under the motto " Plastic free Kherlen river ". As a part of the campaign the over 259 tons of persistent polluting wastes were collected from the floodplain of entire Kherlen River by over 3000 local residents. An analysis of waste collected in Kherlen soum of Dornod province showed that 71% of the waste were made of plastic bags and bottles.  
The evaluation meeting was held in June 2019. More than 170 people attended the meeting to present what they have done.
Parties have accomplished much work in the past year. WWF-Mongolia organized a training on the use of plastics and parties have highlighted the active involvement of local residents and eco-club children. It is important to change the attitude of decision makers as well as of the public. Khentii and Dornod provinces’ Governor Offices played leading role to change their behavior to reduce waste especially plastic waste. Starting January 2019, they have sorted out all the waste they are producing, and measured ways to reduce plastic. The Kherlen River Basin Administration and the Province Environmental Department monitored and gave advice. During this period, government officials’understanding of waste sorting has been improved, and local garbage amount dropped at certain point. They called on other organizations to abandon the use of plastic products.  
At the evaluation meeting the Ministry of Environment and Tourism applauded the campaign initiative and all River Basin Administrations of Mongolia have agreed to carry out the same initiative in their respective river basins – thus turning the WWF-Mongolia “Rivers without plastic” initiative into a nationwide campaign.  
More than 170 people attended the meeting to present what they have done.
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Starting January 2019, they have sorted out all the waste they are producing, and measured ways to reduce plastic.
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WWF-Mongolia organized a training on the use of plastics and parties have highlighted the active involvement of local residents and eco-club children.
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