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Eco clubs

WWF Mongolia supporting 32 children’s eco-clubs.
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To encourage practical application of theoretical knowledge and understanding on environment and sustainable development learnt from their lessons, WWF Mongolia supporting 32 children’s eco-clubs.
•    The concept of “mobile educational trunk” is applied targeted at ecoclubs and in-service teachers. Number of education programs, supportive materials and specific curricula are integrated into the box.  
•    The summer events e.g. experience sharing and activity reporting is being annually organized among the eco-club members.
•    Moreover, the best eco-clubs are annually selected and awarded with titles in order to  stimulate the eco-club members, encourage their individual creativeness and motivations in the environmental conservation efforts, develop their talents and skills, and ensure effective cooperation among the club members.  
•    Regarded that small business engagement is an important tool to  motivate school children to be interacted in the society and to learn about a basis of sustainable development, where the economic development and nature conservation are equally addressed, the trainings on how to engage in small business operations, how to successfully forward their businesses, and how to establish funding sources for their operational continuity are organized for school children at the schools and their small project proposals that are developed based on what they have learned from trainings are accepted and supported. 
•    Developed specially designed set handbook for eco clubs.
•    Awareness raising materials e.g. books and brochures  on specific characteristics of local areas, rare and endangered wildlife species and their importance and values are newly designed and published for children and youths.
WWF-Mongolia has established 16 Children’s Eco-Clubs to increase children’s awareness on sustainable development issues
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WWF’s work in the Altai-Sayan Eco-Region

Since 1995 WWF-Mongolia has been focused on the conservation of snow leopards, argali sheep and Mongolian Saiga, the establishment of and improving the management of protected areas and protecting the freshwater ecosystems.
WWF-Mongolia  has  established 16  Children’s  Eco-Clubs  to  increase  children’s  awareness  on sustainable  development  issues  and  promote  their  participation  in  nature  conservation.  The Eco-Clubs  are  managed  by  volunteers  with  support  from  facilitators  who  are  either  natural science teachers or social workers. Each Eco-Club has 25 members on average, aged between 12 to 15 years old.
At  the  beginning  of  an  academic  year,  members  and  facilitators  of  each  Eco-Club  come together  to  develop  their  annual  work  plan.  The  activities  focus  more  on  connecting  young people  with  the  natural  environment  and  understanding  ecological  processes.  Each  year,  the best  Eco-Clubs  are  selected  based  on  their  environmental   conservation  efforts.  Eco-Club members are encouraged with developing their individual creativeness, talents and skills as well as  ensuring  effective  teamwork  among  Eco-Club  members.  Overall  participation  is  increasing and children started to act as agents for change reaching wider target audiences, from peers to decision makers.  
Over the course of six weeks, 200 children took part and collected over 234 traps from households in the vicinities of the Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain
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Anti trap campaign

In June 2015, a collaboration by Children’s Eco-Clubs in Mankan and Chandmani soums resulted in  the  anti-trap  collection  campaign.  WWF-Mongolia  had  shown  the  children  footage  from camera  traps  placed  in  the  mountains  that  showed  images  of  three  snow  leopard  individuals with  their  legs  caught  in  these  traps.  The  Club  Members discussed amongst themselves  what they  could  do  to  help  and  came  up  with  the  simple  idea  of  speaking  with  their  parents  to influence  them  to  remove  the  traps  from  their  homes.  Over  the  course  of  six  weeks,  200 children book part and collected over 234 traps from households in the vicinities of the Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain, home to at least 37 snow leopard individuals.
Another  stunning  example  is  that  a  mass  poaching  case  of  endangered  Saiga  antelope  was detected  thanks  to  the  initial  information  that  had  come  from  a  club  member  couple  of  years ago. The anti-trap  campaign is initiated by children’s clubs of Mankhan and  Chandmani  soums in June  2015  and  yielded  significant  results  that  saved  lives  of  snow  leopards  in  the  Jargalant Khairkhan  Mountain.  The  camera  traps  placed  in  these  mountains  detected  three  snow leopard  individuals  with  trapped  legs.  In  order  to  address  this  new  threat,  WWF-Mongolia educated  children  to  make  them  aware  of  such  threat  and  sought  their  collaboration  in influencing  their  parents  that  potentially  keep  traps  in  their  homes.  Over  200  children  have gathered from the families residing in the vicinities of Jargalant Khairkhan Mountain and they developed a brilliant idea to collect the traps. Six-week long awareness raising campaign, led by  children’s  clubs  to  carry  out  a  barter  sale  of  traps  with  household  utensils  resulted  in collecting 234 traps out of 500 estimated. Traps were dismantled and an artwork was crea ted in  the  centre  of  Khovd  city.  The  children  further  organized  a  provincial  mini-Parliament  and issued  a  decision  to  ban  the  use  of  traps  for  animals  within  the  province.  The  provincial Parliament is yet to decide whether or not to endorse this decision. Moreover, children wrote a  letter  to  the  Minister  for  Environment  with  a  specific  request  to  roll  up  the  initiative  at national  level.  The  Minister  acknowledged  the  success  of  the  campaign,  however  it  needs certainly to be followed up to yield results.