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Recommendations will be provided to local decision makers



Posted on 21 July 2020
Although the parties are working hard to enforce the law, a land allocation is still causing problems.
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With the support of WWF-Mongolia, Khentii province Citizens Representatives meeting approved the “Water protection zones (special and ordinary protection zones) of water bodies” in 2016. This made it possible to implement the Law on Water by defining no-go areas for mining, preventing floods in urban areas, and protecting drinking water sources and supplies at the settlement areas. Although some time has passed, the law enforcement is weak. Therefore, the Governor of Khentii province established a working group in 2019 and selected Binder soum as a model soum to ensure the implementation of the law.
The first meeting of the working group was held in October 2019, and a work plan was developed and defined the works needed to be done. Evaluation meeting was scheduled for February 2020, but was postponed due to COVID-19. The working group received permission from the Emergency Management Agency of Khentii province and organized a meeting to evaluate their work on June, 2020 in Binder soum of Khentii province. The parties have accomplished a lot.
The Onon Ulz ​​River Basin Administration has implemented many tasks, including marking protected areas, providing flood warnings, and workshop on the importance of bio-toilets. In addition, the integration of the protected area database was carried out in cooperation with the parties. WWF-Mongolia has focused on advocacy and has been in charge for producing brochures and videos. Although the parties are working hard to enforce the law, a land allocation is still causing problems. The working group emphasized that there is a problem of flooding and river pollution due to poor research and unplanned land allocation, and decided to make recommendations to the Khentii province Citizens' Representative Meeting and soum authorities. In particular, the working group stressed the need to provide training on the Law on Water to soum administrations and land officers.
Although the parties are working hard to enforce the law, a land allocation is still causing problems.
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