Our organization works in the southeast Gobi since 2008 in cooperation with the local community of this
Our work consists of:
Scientific research: We conduct research and we partner with other research teams on several aspects on biodiversity and on ecology of the Mongolian khulan and other Gobi wildlife.
Capacity building: We involve Mongolian locals (herders, Buddhist monks...) as our scientific assistants and provide them with training and support as they live in and depend on a healthy ecosystem to survive. We believe that they can also provide an invaluable contribution to the long-term success of wildlife and habitat protection. For the next coming years we will mostly focus on capacity building with the community of one Buddhist monastery - Ulgii hiid - we have been working with since 2008 as we believe that it will have a broad impact on the south and southeastern areas of the Gobi Desert, and with few herders families we know well.
Local culture and traditions in support to biodiversity conservation: We work with Buddhist monks who live in our study area, as well as with Mongolian artists, to reinforce links between Mongolian culture and traditions with conservation of the Mongolian khulan and the Gobi ecosystem. We also tend to always include local culture and traditions in our conservation actions and educational resources and activities that we produce and conduct.
Environmental education: We conduct conservation education activities in the Gobi Desert to inform, engage and empower the local community in wildlife and ecosystems protection, with a specific emphasis to children. We also produce exclusive educational resources such as educational brochures, monitoring brochures, cartoons and children’s books in collaboration with local artists and designers.
Ecotourism and citizen science expeditions: We organize - in partnership with locally based travelling agencies - wildlife observation, ecotourism and
citizen science expeditions in our study area and other areas of Mongolia, during which travellers can observe a high variety of wildlife, are involved in some of our research and conservation
activities and can meet with our locals scientific assistants.