Regional tourism centers to be developed

2017-02-13 16:28:22

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The capital city Ulaanbaatar and Khuvsgul and Khentii aimags will be developed as tourism centers of central, western and eastern regions. The Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism has set out on a mission in 2017 to work for it. A consultative meeting of the administrative officials engaged in the nature, environment and tourism industry is being held today, February 13 at the ‘Corporate’ hotel. Some 160 delegates are discussing how to develop the tourism centers and other issues and policies and plans of the sector.

Khentii province has started implementing ‘Chinggis Brand’ program with the support from the Environment Minister and historic tours are planned to be organized in the birthplace of Chinggis Khaan and in other places historically relevant to the great khaan.

Officials of the Ministry noted that good progress has been made in legal reform of the environment sector since the formation of the new Government. Amendments to the law on Special Funds allow Mongolia to get financial support from ‘Green Climate Fund’ to implement projects and programs.  The ministry is working to develop over 10 bills and amendments to some legislations, including laws on Casino, Air, Garbage and Environment protection.

‘- The 21st century is an era for blue ‘gold’. A recent nationwide water survey revealed that 120 rivers and springs out of 200 in the eastern region are dried out. There are incidents that mining companies abandon the mined areas without restoration or with poor rehabilitation. We work to improve the legal environment so that the responsibilities on mining companies are tightened by considering the illegal act as crime against nature and environment.  Unfortunately, Mongolia is considered one of countries where climate change occurs fast’ said the Minister of Nature, Environment and Tourism Kh.Oyunkhorol.