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About River Basin Counsil



River Basin Councils

In the 3-year period 2008-2010 WWF supported the development of the River Basin Council (RBC) and Integrated River Basin Management plan (IRBM) for the Khovd and Buyant river basins in Western Mongolia. WWF Mongolia has increasingly realized that its biodiversity conservation efforts cannot be sustained in the long term without addressing the human ecological footprint.Futher, it is clear that if we are to have a sustainable future our planet cannot afford to maintain continued over consumption  and unsustainable and inequitable lifestyles.

In the 3-year period 2008-2010 WWF supported the development of the River Basin Council (RBC) and Integrated River Basin Management plan (IRBM) for the Khovd and Buyant river basins in Western Mongolia.
 

WWF Mongolia has increasingly realized that its biodiversity conservation efforts cannot be sustained in the long term without addressing the human ecological footprint.Futher, it is clear that if we are to have a sustainable future our planet cannot afford to maintain continued over consumption  and unsustainable and inequitable lifestyles.
 

“Recognizing the Mongolian Government’s prioritization for effective and sustainable use and management of the available water resources spelled out in the Water Law, there are 29 river basins approved by Minister of Nature, Environment and Tourism based on scientists’ estimation in the territory of Mongolia” says B.Oyunmunkh, the Freshwater officer of WWF Mongolia. “Sustainable use, protection and rehabilitation of these river basins water resources are supposed to be managed by River Basin Council (RBC) established to involve local community by Article 19, Water Law. We have initiated a programme to support and demonstrate the implementation of these new water management policies by supporting establishment of Khovd and Buyant River Basin Councils, facilitating the development of river basin management plans and increasing the public awareness and capacity and knowledge towards sustainable management of water resources” adds Oyunmunkh.

This programme proposes to safeguard the ecological integrity of important wetlands, riparian forests, rangelands and protected areas (recognized at an international level as unique in the world) and ensure sustainable use of water resources throughout the Khovd River Basin in the Great Lakes Depression of Western Mongolia, showing that sustainable water management is a good climate change adaptation strategy. The Buyant River Basin includes a globally outstanding assemblage of distinct landscapes, including high mountain ranges with glaciated peaks, deep and wide valleys, forests, forest steppes, large lake and wetland complexes, semi-desert areas and the Gobi Desert.The integrating element that ties all of these zones together into one functional unit is their common watershed.
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ENSURE THE CONTINUITY OF INTEGRATED RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT FOR KHOVD-BUYANT IN THE ALTAI SAYAN REGION WESTERN MONGOLIA

The Khovd-Buyant river basin is situated in Western Mongolia and is part of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion and still a relatively pristine area. The Khovd river is about 640 km in length, the Buyant river (near the city of Khovd) is a contributory river basin in the Khovd basin. The Khovd river basin is an inland basin, water comes in from precipitation from clouds. The river basin comprises as well high mountain area with more then 30 glaciers, middle mountains with permafrost and a lower mountain and steppe and desert landscape (connected to the Gobi desert) with fresh water and wetlands and salt water lakes (the endpoint of the surface water).

Environmental context
 

The Khovd-Buyant river basin is situated in Western Mongolia and is part of the Altai-Sayan Ecoregion and still a relatively pristine area. The Khovd river is about 640 km in length, the Buyant river (near the city of Khovd) is a contributory river basin in the Khovd basin. The Khovd river basin is an inland basin, water comes in from precipitation from clouds. The river basin comprises as well high mountain area with more then 30 glaciers, middle mountains with permafrost and a lower mountain and steppe and desert landscape (connected to the Gobi desert) with fresh water and wetlands and salt water lakes (the endpoint of the surface water).

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