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Our geographical focus

2 Priority Geographic Regions for WWF Mongolia Conservation Effort

WWF -Mongolia is one of the most experienced conservation organizations in Mongolia and focuses its efforts on critical conservation issues in two of the world’s outstanding places for biodiversity conservation, the Altai Sayan Ecoregion (ASER) in Western Mongolia and Amur -Heilong Ecoregion Complex (AHEC) in Eastern Mongolia. Over the past 25 years, WWF -Mongolia implemented four 5 year conservation strategic programms and has grown to an organization with 22 highly experienced staff members located in head office in Ulaanbaatar and two branch offices; one in the city of Khovd of Khovd Aimag and a second one in Dadal soum of Khentii Aimag.

Geographical focus
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Conservation scope

The scope of WWF-Mongolia is fully aligned with WWF Network Global Goals and key drivers of environmental problems – the strategic guide for what WWF offices around the world aim to achieve collectively, and the tool to measure progress against identified goals.
Species   conservation   –   WWF-Mongolia   focuses   on   globally endangered  and  threatened  species’  conservation  such  as  snow leopard   (Phantera   uncia),   Altai   argali   (Ovis   ammon   ammon), Mongolian  saiga  (Saiga  tatarica  mongolica);  and  taimen  (Hucho taimen). Community based flagship species conservation in different ecosystems is our main concept to restore species and their habitats through  broad  involvement  of  local  people  by  means  of  different methods  e.g.  training,  education,  and  enforcement  of  regulations/ laws using an integrated approaches.
Ecosystem  conservation  –  WWF-Mongolia  supports  sustainable management  of  critical  ecosystems  such  as  freshwater  and  boreal forest both at local and transboundary levels on the base of community based natural resource management. An integrated water resource management,  water  stewardship  standards,  an  adaptive  economic benefit  for  vulnerable  communities  and  activities  in  sustainable eco-tourism  development  in  an  integrated  way  including  pasture, freshwater, wildlife and forest sectors are on-going issues of priority to maintain ecosystem functions.
Protected Area Network  –  WWF-Mongolia continues to address national   interests,   by   supporting   the   Mongolian   Government’s commitment   to   conserve   30%   of   its   territory   with   unique landscapes,  ecological  processes  and  endangered  species  for future   generations.   Thus,   WWF-Mongolia   supports   increasing or  extending  the  protected  areas  and  also  continues  to  work  on strengthening management of existing protected areas in the field of  development  of  conservation  planning  (Conservation  action planning-CAP/Miradi), monitoring and assessment (locally adopted Management   effectiveness   tracking   tool-METT)   and   wildlife monitoring technique (Biodiversity monitoring and online database system - Biosan) at local and transboundary PAs.
Public  awareness  –  WWF-Mongolia  implements  a  multi-year and nationwide awareness and education campaigns influencing individual  behaviors  and  social  norms.  In  order  to  effectively raise awareness, WWF-Mongolia carries out surveys that target the  identification  and  assessment  of  overall  public  conception. Educating  public  and  raising  awareness  has  been  integral  part of  WWF-Mongolia’s  mission  through  an  activities  including  a set of complex measures addressing the multiple dimensions of conservation issues, thus we offer knowledge that encourage for positive attitude and practice changes.
Education   for   sustainable   development   –   WWF-Mongolia works towards promoting knowledge and education for sustainable natural  resources  use  and  conservation.  Within  this  connection, WWF-Mongolia   supports   and   pilots   education   for   sustainable development  (ESD)  approach  in  the  country  since  2004  and  at the present time there are 16 pilot schools in the Altai-Sayan and Amur-Heilong  ecoregions  Mongolia  parts.  The  pilot  schools  are promoting ESD in very concrete terms and adapted to local needs within “whole school” context.
WWF-Mongolia   developed   several   curriculum   and   handbooks for  teacher  and  pupils  for  integrating  ESD  principles  in  close collaboration with the respective aimag’s education departments.