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Local people are happy for sand movement stabilized



Posted on 05 October 2020
24.7 hectares of land was fenced in 2018 and 36 hectares in 2020, and local people has been very active.
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“We can see in our homeland that there is an opportunity to reduce desertification and stabilize sand movement,” said proudly residents of Khukhmorit soum, Gobi-Altai province, during the “Sand Movement-Solution” event in October 2020. In fact, Khukhmorit soum used to be called a sand-covered soum, but now the situation is completely different. In the soum center, cars were used to be parked in the sand, but now people are able to walk freely. This success and the stabilizing of sand movement was a result of fencing of a certain area, which is funded by WWF-Mongolia. 24.7 hectares of land was fenced in 2018 and 36 hectares in 2020, and local people has been very active, especially the staff of the Mongolian Sand State Special Protected Area Administration.
Experts say that the repair of a well next to 24.7 hectares of land and the installation of electricity have contributed to the work. As a result of fencing the area, many species of plants grew, which stabilized the sand movement. Of course, this is not the perfect way to combat desertification, but it is important to keep in mind that local people need to adapt to climate change, change their lifestyles and live in an environmentally friendly way.   
24.7 hectares of land was fenced in 2018 and 36 hectares in 2020, and local people has been very active.
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Khukhmorit soum used to be called a sand-covered soum.
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As a result of fencing the area, many species of plants grew, which slowed down the sand movement.
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