Participatory Sustainable Forest Management project successfully implemented

2020-08-19 15:48:34

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have successfully implemented the project, ‘Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Forest Management and Carbon Sink Enhancement into Mongolia’s Productive Forest Landscapes’.

Implemented since 2015, the project activities involved cooperating with 101 Forest User Groups, and 11 Intersoum Forest Units in Selenge, Darkhan-Uul, Bulgan, Khuvsgul and Khentii aimags. The forest user groups together protect approximately 7% of the regions in the 5 provinces, which cover 4 ecologically important areas and 10 river basins. This plays a vital role in protecting biodiversity not only in Mongolia, but also as contribution to global protection.

The project supported the activities of Forest User Groups, strengthened their capacity, and provided training and technical support on ways to implement forest activities.

Furthermore, the project contributed to achievements in improving policy environment, such as supporting Forest User Groups in forest care, increasing the forest care normative cost level, supporting in including the classification criteria based on Forest User Groups activities, including biodiversity conservation in the Forest Management Plan and effectively promoting sustainable forest management beyond project targets.

The project enabled the establishment of a participatory forest management system by building forest information centers at 11 inter-soum forest units and strengthening the capacity of six cooperative associations in total.

The project team together with the Forest Research and Development centre successfully developed a sustainable forest management plan integrating biodiversity conservation by improving communities’ livelihood in the local context. The plan was endorsed by the province's Environment and Tourism Department and a 10-year management plan has been developed and currently being implemented by 54 Forest User Groups.