German Technical Cooperation Project on Protected Areas discusses its progress

2020-10-06 12:04:19

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On September 29, the Supporting Protected Areas for the Conservation of Ecosystem Service (SPACES) project organized a mid-term workshop in Ulaanbaatar city to discuss its achievements with its implementation partners from the Department of Protected Area Management (DPAM) of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and from the Khovd Aimag Administration, and its Department of Environment and Tourism (DET).

SPACES is a development cooperation project supported by the German Government and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with MET, DPAM and DET Khovd. Since March 2019, the project is working to improve the framework conditions for sustainable management of protected areas in Mongolia. 

The mid-term workshop started with a keynote address by SPACES’ Senior Advisor Thorsten Harder, who illustrated the seriousness of the multitude of challenges Mongolia’s ecosystems are currently facing. The keynote was followed by presentations by GIZ and DPAM staff on the project’s progress in the fields of Policy Consulting, Support of Cooperation Structures, Livelihood Improvement and Environmental Communication.

The workshop offered the opportunity for the SPACES team to introduce the project’s work to the newly appointed Acting Director of DPAM, Mr. Tuvshinbayar E. After productive discussions, Mr. Tuvshinbayar, in his closing remarks, thanked the project team from MET and GIZ for the work done so far and encouraged close cooperation between all project partners for the ongoing work.