Herders contribute to conservation in the Altai Mountains in Mongolia
UNDP news release, 20 May 2010

NEW YORK, USA: In the Mongolian part of the Altai Mountains, herders still live a traditional nomadic lifestyle. They live in harsh conditions, with temperatures commonly below the freezing point for most of the year and basic services often not available within a 100km distance. To protect biodiversity in the region, the Mongolian Ministry of Environment with the support of UNDP launched, in 2005, the Altai Sayan Ecoregion Project, which involves herders in conservation of the mountains. Under the project, community groups develop community plans for emergencies; are trained to identify and collect data on endangered animals and plants; and are registered as the sole users of natural resources in their area. Some communities have also ventured into tourism activities. Read the news release …