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Protecting the Onon River Basin forest with active stakeholder participation



Posted on 19 July 2019
Organizers said that over the past two years, trees have been planted for 60 hectares and have been growing well.
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WWF-Mongolia focuses on forest protection, reducing degradation and community-based natural resource management in Onon River Basin. Within this framework, the Forest Party's meeting was held in Bayan-Adraga soum, Khentii province on May 13, 2019, in order to identify the results of forest protection in Onon River Basin. The meeting was attended by 46 members that included Nature, Environment and Tourism department of Khentii province, representatives of the 7 soums of Onon River Basin, forest unit, forest user groups, Onon River community based organizations and local residents. During the meeting, the parties presented their work on forest protection over the past year and exchanged their experiences. Also, discussed difficulties, challenges and achievements.   
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.
Organizers said that over the past two years, trees have been planted for 60 hectares and have been growing well.
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