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Asia’s Linear Infrastructure safeGuarding Nature (ALIGN)
The USAID-funded ALIGN project aims to expand the adoption and implementation of high- quality safeguards to protect biodiversity and livelihoods in response to Asia’s rapid expansion of linear infrastructure, especially roads, railways, and power lines. The goal of the ALIGN Project is to enhance the development and implementation of effective, high-quality linear infrastructure safeguards that protect people and nature from harm. The project will address the development and implementation of effective high-quality safeguards throughout Asia with a particular emphasis on three focal countries— India, Mongolia, and Nepal. The ALIGN project is implemented by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in partnership with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC). ALIGN project management is based in the WWF Nepal office in Kathmandu, with three focal-country programs led by WWF India, WWF Mongolia, and WWF Nepal.

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Align project
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WWF-Mongolia Program area:
Overall target area is entire Mongolia in terms of strengthening laws, policies, regulations, frameworks, and standards and capacity building of government agencies, national and international financial institutions, and the private sectors in natural resource safeguards for linear infrastructure. 
These target areas include:
-Western vertical international highway (old paved road) in Altai Soum, Khovd province in Western Mongolia. The area is considered as the main migration corridors for snow leopard and its prey base in between Altai Mountains.
-Sainshand – Baruun-Urt railroad (proposed to construct in 2023) in Eastern Mongolia. It was also revealed that the area is impacted due to extensive mining exploration and exploitation and is facing habitat fragmentation of Mongolian gazelle by national/regional level infrastructure development in association with mining.
-Tavan Tolgoi – Gashuun Sukhait railroad (newly opened railroad for coal/mineral resource transporting) in Southern Mongolia. 
Inception meeting
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Inception meeting of the ALIGN project takes place
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $800,000 to protect Mongolian wildlife and natural resources from the impacts of road and railway construction. The funding is part of the Asia’s Linear Infrastructure safeGuarding Nature (ALIGN) initiative, a four-year, more than $6 million project in Mongolia, Nepal, and India implemented by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in partnership with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation (CLLC).  The project aims to enhance the development of effective, high-quality linear infrastructure safeguards that protect people and nature from harm.  Read more:
Coordination platform
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Coordination platform established
As a result of a series of lobby meetings and joint approach of WWF-Mongolia and WCS Mongolia, a coordination platform as a permanent working group among key ministries and other stakeholders were established on 19 Aug 2022. Working group will be led by the vice minister of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and it also includes the Ministry of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia and the Ministry of Economic and Development of Mongolia. Joint decree to establish working group was signed by the Minister Bat-Erdene, B from the Ministry of the Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and the Minister Khaltar, L from the Ministry of Road and Transport Development of Mongolia. The coordination platform is a formal Government structure established as a permanent working group under the direct administration of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia to specifically coordinate related parties and safeguard the wildlife friendly linear infrastructure in Mongolia.
This time’s meeting has mainly targeted the representatives.
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Wildlife friendly linear infrastructure – get to a common understanding
WWF-Mongolia jointly with its partner organizations, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Mongolian Road Association, organized an extensive stakeholders’ meeting to increase their awareness on the implementation of the national standards for wildlife-friendly linear infrastructure (LI) crossings as well as to introduce an illustrative example of overpass and underpass blueprints. The meeting was held under the framework of USAID-funded project “The Asia’s Linear Infrastructure safeGuarding Nature (ALIGN) Project”, implemented  by WWF-Mongolia in partnership with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, aiming to enhance the development and implementation of effective linear infrastructure safeguards that protect people and nature from harm.
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Social campaign
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“Be aware!” social media campaign
WWF-Mongolia organized a “Be aware!” social media campaign for three months. It focused on importance of wildlife-friendly passages standards, harmful impacts of linear infrastructure towards wildlife and environment, and provided solutions to ensure such infrastructures. These contents were disseminated through social media and daily newspapers. Many of the comments expressed concerns about wildlife being harmed by unfriendly linear infrastructures and urged for changes. Social campaign covered following issues such as: Attention grabbing article on unfriendly linear infrastructure, Article for solutions to such unfriendly linear infrastructure,18 online posts/posters, An animation with two short story telling on harmful impact of the unfriendly linear infrastructure.
A portable photo exhibition aimed to raise awareness of the impact of LI on wildlife among the public and decision-makers was displayed at the central square of the Capital city and in some province centers. Within two days the exhibition reached over 2,000 people directly at the Sukhbaatar square and over 400 people at the indoor location, and was promoted through social media, where it reached over 173,000 people.
 
WWF-Mongolia has signed a Letter of Cooperation Intent (LCI) with Tavantoilgoi Railways LLC
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Letter of Cooperation Intent on wildlife-friendly linear infrastructure development
WWF-Mongolia has signed a Letter of Cooperation Intent (LCI) with Tavantoilgoi Railways LLC to contribute to the development of wildlife-friendly linear infrastructure and make combined efforts to advance relevant legal conditions. The LCI was signed within the framework of USAID-funded Asia’s Linear Infrastructure safeGuarding Nature (ALIGN) Project, implemented by WWF-Mongolia and was signed by the CEO of Tavantolgoi Railways LLC Mr. N. Budbayar and WWF-Mongolia Country Representative Mr. D. Batbold. Read more: