As a part of WWF Network, WWF-Mongolia embraces the concept of being international and at the same time national. Because this country has a lot to offer for conservation and by doing conservation in this country the World can gain much more. Mongolia supports high diversity of life for a temperate zone and retains a substantial amount of its original biodiversity. Two of the WWF’s most important ecoregions worldwide, the Amur-Heilong Ecoregion and the Altai-Sayan Mountains, stretch into Mongolia.
Last remaining grassland that once stretched from Central Europe through Ukraine, and Kazakhstan to North Eastern Asia still exist only in Mongolia and still home to over a million Mongolian Gazelle, migration of which can be equaled to famous wildebeest migration in Eastern Africa and caribou migration in North America. WWF-Mongolia is proud to be one of the initiators of “Standard of Railroads and Roads on Passage for Migratory Ungulates” that enables famous migration still alive. Tens of thousands of Goitered gazelle inhabiting the desert steppes, and thousands of Asian of Wildlife.
It is also home to the second largest population of mysterious and elusive Snow leopard and endemic to Mongolia Saiga population. Although heavily persecuted, populations of wolves persist across much of Mongolian territory. Mongolia supports headwater areas of such mighty rivers like Amur in the east and Yenisei in Altai-Sayan ecoregion, and we at WWF-Mongolia are full of pride for our continuous involvement in conservation of these famous rivers with our initiative of IWRM.
Mongolia’s wetlands support globally significant populations of waterfowls, including threatened or endangered species such as Swan geese, Relict gulls, White-naped cranes, Siberian cranes and vulnerable Hooded cranes. Globally endangered Saker falcon still persist in good numbers across much of Mongolia’s territory. Rivers of northern Mongolia supports largest fresh water fish – Taimen, nicknamed as the river wolf, target species for WWF-Mongolia.
The World’s first protected area as such was established in 1778 in Mongolia is the Bogdkhan Mountain Strictly Protected Area. In 1992, Mongolia pledged a goal of protecting 30 per cent of the nation’s area. WWF-Mongolia is very proud that over 30 percent of the country’s PAs’ territory is under special protection status due to the initiative and direct involvement of WWF-Mongolia. For the years to come, WWF-Mongolia will continue to work towards conservation of biodiversity of Mongolia for the benefit of not only Mongolia but also for the Earth.
D.Batbold, Representative of WWF Mongolia