Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Toson Khulstai National Park of Mongolia was added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) at the 32nd session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, held virtually on October 27-28, 2020. Toson Khulstai Biosphere Reserve Certificates were presented at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today, on June 4.
A total of six sites in Mongolia were added to WNBR between 1990 and 2007 and after 13 years, Toson Khulstai National Park joined the network.
Toson-Khulstai Biosphere Reserve stretches across Bayan-Ovoo and Norovlin soums of Khentii aimag and Bayantumen, Khulunbuir, and Tsagaan-Ovoo soums of Dornod aimag in northeastern Mongolia. The biosphere reserve with a forest steppe and grassland ecosystem aims to protect the low mountains, rolling hills, and dry steppe ecosystems that are the habitat of the Mongolian gazelle and other wildlife, such as the globally endangered White naped crane, the upland buzzard, the steppe eagle and the Siberian marmot.