Wildlife science and conservation center of Mongolia

Region

Asia

Country

Mongolia

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia-Oceania

About

Name of organisation

Wildlife science and conservation center of Mongolia

Funding support

Grants, contracts, and donations

Number of staff

15

Number of visitors per year

~2000

Overall aims of the centre

The Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia (WSCC) is a non-government organization dedicated to preserving Mongolia’s wildlife and their habitat through research, conservation, and public education.
WSCC carries out its core wetlands activities at the Khurkh and Khuiten Nature Reserve and the Khurkh Ecological Research Station. Also we have wetland projects in western, central, and eastern Mongolia. All primarily focus on CEPA, threatened wetland dependent species like the White-naped Cranes, Siberian Cranes, Dalmatian Pelican, Swan Goose, Pallas Fish Eagle, waders, and several other conservation of wetland habitats.

Description of the centre

Location: Khurkh and Khuiten Nature Reserve
Size of site: 95,000 ha
Types of habitats and species supported: Wetlands, peatlands, and rivers. White-naped, Eurasian, Demoiselle, Hooded, and Siberian cranes, Swan Goose, Black Stork, and many other waterbird species. Khurkh and Khuiten Nature Reserve has designation of Ramsar Site, Important Bird Area, and EAAFP Flyway Network Site.

 

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Khurkh and Khuiten Nature Reserve has designation of Ramsar Site, Important Bird Area, and EAAFP Flyway Network Site. Main species are White-naped, Eurasian, Demoiselle, Hooded, and Siberian cranes, Swan Goose, Black Stork, and many other waterbird species. We are now building a wetland research center facility in Khurkh Valley.

Top three successes

1. WSCC have established a wetland and climate change research station in Khurkh and Khuiten Nature Reserve. In February 2021, we organized a national conference on wetland and climate change sciences in Mongolia.
2. We have made several threatened species as flagship species for the wetland habitat conservation in Mongolia. These species has included White-naped Crane, Swan Goose, and Dalmatian Pelican.
3. We have had scientists and exchange visitors from all Northeast Asian countries including the Russia, China, Russia, ROK, DPRK, and also Germany, USA, UK, and Sweden. They learn from our wetland research and conservation activities and exchange their experiences vis versa.
4. WSCC is the national authority of the identification and promotion of the Important Bird Areas in Mongolia.

Top three challenges

1. Lack of experienced staff and sustainable funding mechanism, which we need to focus more in near future.
2. Not enough space and inadequate condition of the wetland center to facilitate visitors.
3. Mongolia’s wetland CEPA field activities are limited by the season. The wetland center can only operate from late spring til late September due to weather condition and harsh winter.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage / site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

General

Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.

Contact

Union Building, B1301
Unesco Street,
Ulaanbaatar 14210, Mongolia
www.wscc.org.mn

 

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