Experience sharing between the eco-clubs in Eastern and Western Mongolia
For this year of 2018, the annual event took place in unexpectedly “uneasy” conditions because quite many herds of the Mongolian saiga were lost in last harsh winter due to the extreme coldness and shortage of natural hays within their ranges. Thus, the eco-club members-school children announced a campaign for protection of water bodies including natural springs accessed by wildlife. The eco-club members from Eastern Mongolia were presented with the activities under this campaign in the western region. An interesting part of the event was a tour within the area, where the Mongolian saiga occurs. The school children have become knowledgeable about the Mongolian saiga, globally endangered.
During the study tour, the eco-club members from the eastern region also presented their conservation activities. In addition to their conservation efforts, they made presentations on conservation of the Mongolian gazelle, a key species of the region, including the increasing participation of local communities. The eco-club members highlighted the educational and awareness activities on conservation of forest resources and rare birds and some details on their eco-club efforts. They gifted pine and medicinal plant seeds to representatives from 11 eco-clubs in the western region and provided brief instructions on how to plant them. In such, the experience sharing event was successfully held and its participants have agreed to jointly organize such events in the future. Representatives from eco-clubs in Western Mongolia will visit Eastern Mongolia in this summer.