“Gobi’s great 6”, the most inspiring event for environmental conservation
The third round event was attended by about 300 individuals represented governmental and non-governmental organizations from five aimags (provinces): Khovd, Govi-Altai, Zavkhan, Bayankhongor, and Umnugovi and environmental practitioners in the country. In some practices, the Mongolians do start their joint efforts with great willingness and enthusiasm, but their later rounds are likely to be weakened. On contrary, the public event “GG-6” is quite different from those because the parties involved have completed their previous year’s activities and have a full of ideas and plans for the coming years according to their presentations on the second event.
Specifics of the third event include that the “GG-6” is known by not only the Mongolians but also by foreigners. The meeting was attended by some representatives from international conservation communities. They highlighted the “GG-6” was one of the most inspiring events for the public to be mobilized into environmental conservation activities.
Participants of the third round meeting of “GG-6” presented what they did within a year and shared knowledge and experiences and discussed about accomplishment of the activities to be done before the annual performance meeting. There were the Mongolian gers/yurts, where promotions on the GG-6 species are displayed, placed on the site during the event. Promotional materials included the details on the species’ origins, population sizes, ongoing conservation management and concerns existing in it, and threats to each species.
One of interesting issue was introduction of Regulatory Council which was established in April 2018. Its main responsibility is to facilitate engagement of the Parties and fundraising for conservation of the target species. At the majority votes, its Chairperson and Secretary are the Governor and the Director of Environment Department of the host Aimag (province), respectively, who are appointed on annual basis. The Regulatory Council is non-permanent or part-time and has the maximum 15 (odd) members representing the target “Gobi’s Great 6” (GG-6) provinces and plus business, governmental, non-governmental and international organizations. As agreed, that the Chairperson and Secretary are appointed on annual basis, by the target provinces in shift.
At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed on “Ekhiin gol Declaration” addressed at improved conservation of the GG-6 species in the Gobi. The Declaration has covered a number of actions including making revisions to the legal and regulatory environment on protection and sustainable use of wildlife through the GG-6 initiative and to bring the initiative to attentions of governmental and public organizations.