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Magnificent Mother Nature saved from mining

Rangers said, “It's a beautiful place with rich wildlife and rare plants, and beautiful in nature. If gold mining had started here, this beautiful place would have been destroyed and the wild animals would have fled. It's a great achievement to be able to stop mining activities in such a magnificent place. ”

In May 2020, the Mongolian Parliament appointed a total of 10 sites under special state protection as a result of the WWF-Mongolia cooperation with the parties and the active participation of local communities. One of them was Gutain Davaa, a scenic area in the Amur Heilong ecoregion. Appointing this land under special state protection was a crucial decision from the environmental point of view. Companies were planning to start a gold mining in the Onon River, the source of more than 20,000 people in eight soums in Khentii province, and local residents protested to protect the area. If gold mining was started, there was a risk of irreversible damage to the Onon River, the source of the Amur River, and the ecology of the Onon River Basin.
The area is currently managed by the Onon-Balj National Park Administration, where conservation work is in full swing. Funded by WWF-Mongolia, 50 automatic cameras were installed in December 2020 to create a database of wildlife in the protected area. In June 2021, in collaboration research with experts from the Onon-Balj National Park, rangers and border guards, a variety of wildlife was discovered in the automatic cameras. These included Siberian musk deer, sable, American mink, red deer, roe deer, wild boar, Eurasian lynx, grey wolf, red fox and northern red-backed vole. Rangers said, “It's a beautiful place with rich wildlife and rare plants, and beautiful in nature. If gold mining had started here, this beautiful place would have been destroyed and the wild animals would have fled. It's a great achievement to be able to stop mining activities in such a magnificent place. ”
In addition, WWF-Mongolia in collaboration with the Onon-Balj National Park Administration, marked the boundaries of the newly protected areas in September 2020 in order to bring in the area to the public. With the financial support of WWF-Mongolia, a field outpost for rangers was built and fully equipped.
If gold mining was started, there was a risk of irreversible damage to the Onon River, the source of the Amur River, and the ecology of the Onon River Basin.

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