National standard on construction of wildlife crossings along roads and railroads in any parts of Mongolia is in effect now | WWF

National standard on construction of wildlife crossings along roads and railroads in any parts of Mongolia is in effect now



Posted on 22 June 2018
Mongolian gazelle
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The Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology has officially approved the mandatory standard for "Construction of Wildlife Crossings along the road and road infrastructure in Mountainous areas”, which was jointly developed by WWF-Mongolia and other stakeholders.
WWF-Mongolia, the Ministry of Road and Transportation, the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism and the biologists have actively worked on the development and approval of this standard that reflect wide ranging research findings and recommendations. Back in 2015, Mongolia became the first ever Central Asian country that introduced national standard for “Wildlife crossing for migratory ungulate populations in the Steppe and Gobi Desert zones". The approval second standard secures a mandatory requirement for creating wildlife crossings during the construction of roads and railways in any part of Mongolia.
Mining is rapidly developing in Mongolia and is expected to remain as one of the leading sectors in the coming years. The development of mining and linear infrastructure also bring high risks for fragmentation of wildlife migration routes and habitats. The environmental community emphasizes that the implementation of the above standards is a good starting point for preventing fragmentation of habitats and migratory routes of globally endangered wild ass (khulan), black tailed gazelles, Mongolian gazelle, argali, ibex and saiga.
 
 
Mongolian gazelle
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