Protecting the Onon River Basin forest with active stakeholder participation
WWF-Mongolia initiated the "Tree for water, water for life" campaign, in cooperation with the parties since 2017. The goal is to increase the livelihoods of local residents through the protection of forests in the Onon River Basin and eco-friendly green businesses and to develop a green development model. Organizers said that over the past two years, trees have been planted for 60 hectares and have been growing well.
Under the campaign, actions are carried out by the parties to decrease steppe fire and illegal logging. As a result of the active involvement of the parties, forest fires at the basin level decreased by 72.4 percent and illegal logging decreased by 37.7 percent. Participants expressed their satisfaction with the results of the campaign and emphasized the need to increase public and private participation.
In addition, by WWF-Mongolia’s initiation the community organizations capacity has been assessed. Evaluation involves membership participation, legal knowledge, governance capacity, mutual funds, income and cooperation. Effective management effectiveness was assessed at 69.1 percent, up by 11.5 percent in comparison with 2016. Although there is a certain amount of growth, there are many issues that need to be addressed and improved, the participants emphasized and offered suggestions. At the end of the meeting, recommendations were made to stakeholders on forest protection and forest management. The purpose of the Recommendation is to improve stakeholder engagement and collaboration.