19.8 percent of total land area to be protectedEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ At its meeting, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment, Food and Agriculture held the final discussion on the draft resolution on the issue of taking some areas under special protection of the Government.
The draft resolution specifies the addition of 22 areas to the protected areas. The described areas cover 3.4 million hectares of 29 soums in nine aimags. According to the survey, by taking these areas under protection the unique natural sites, pristine nature, historical and cultural heritage, about 350 species of rare animal and plant will be preserved. Moreover, the protection will cover 3.7 percent of spring sources and 3.2 percent of forest resources.
In addition, the territory of protected areas will increase by 2.1 percent, reaching 3.4 million hectares, which accounts for 19.8 percent of the total land.