WWF-Mongolia prioritizes following activities
-Species conservation by training, education, and enforcement of regulations/laws using an integrated approach of educational advertising and robust inspection activities;
-Freshwater ecosystem conservation on the base of IWRM and Water Stewardship standards by monitoring, evaluation and facilitation through capacity development measures;
-Protected Area Management including expansion of the PA network, improvement of legal framework and creation of sustainable financial mechanisms for PA, development of conservation planning, monitoring and assessment tools (CAP/Open standard, METT, Biosan), staff capacity building and development of PAA and promotion of the PA’s value and benefit and transboundary cooperation between PAs;
-Community based natural resource management using pasture, forest and aquatic ecological capacities by mechanisms of ecosystem services and adaptive economic benefit for vulnerable communities; activities in sustainable eco-tourism development are on-going issues of priority;
-Activities (indoor and outdoor training, education in water and conservation issues during summer festivals, etc.) in the field of Capacity Building and Development are closely linked with WWF’s conservation standards, awareness building of different target groups (Education for Sustainable Development, ESD) and law enforcement for future responsible mining activities from community level to political level;
-Activities in foundation and implementation of public and private partnerships become an increased importance for a sustainable financing concept to secure monetary benefit for conservation strategies and sustainable economic ecosystem service.
-Environmental public awareness and environmental education are built in every programme of WWF projects. Since 2005 WWF has started promoting “Education for Sustainable Development” concept in close collaboration with the Education Institute of Mongolia. ESD is now being piloted in 4 schools in Western Mongolia and 7 schools in Onon River Basin in Eastern Mongolia. WWF-Mongolia has already developed several curriculum and handbooks for teacher and pupils for integrating ESD principles in close collaboration with the respective aimag’s education departments. In parallel, WWF Mongolia actively supports ecological clubs at these schools.
WWF-Mongolia's overall governance
Handled through Asia/Pacific Programme line manager that provides overall guidance and regional Steering Committees both on Altai Sayan and Amur Heilong Ecoregions that cover programme development, implementation and management issues. At the country level, the Senior Management Team, consisting of Conservation Director, Head of finance and operation, and Head of communication and fundraising led by the PO Representative, is responsible for discussing and reaching management decisions on key programme issues.
At the ground level, the conservation work implements under the leadership of Conservation Director through two Programme managers of both ecoregions and two field offices and mobilizes short term external professionals as needed.
WWF-Mongolia’s presence both at national and field level is considered as one of the key advantages of the office among other environmental NGOs and development agencies both in delivering project outputs and sustainability through long term commitment to the area.
WWF-Mongolia is funded by three main sources during the last decades, the WWF Network notably WWF DE, NL, SE and US, MAVA Foundation and case by case provision of professional services to multi-/bi-lateral donor projects executed by the MNET.
WWF has extensive experience in implementation of international-funded projects supported by World Bank, ADB, UNDP, UNEP, USAID as well as other conservation organizations such as Saiga Conservation Alliance and the Nature Conservancy. WWF-Mongolia’s annual turnover is around € 1.5 m from its network and Government Aid Agencies and Foundations.