In additional, 1.5 mln hectares at ASER approved the water protection zone as a no-go areas | WWF
In additional, 1.5 mln hectares at ASER approved the water protection zone as a no-go areas

Posted on 10 June 2019

A total of 1.5 million ha of riparian and floodplain areas of water bodies have been officially approved as water protection zones by Citizen’s Representative Meetings of Uvs province in regards to Water law on May 2019, as result of successive technical support and advocacy works by WWF Mongolia. The decisions covered the surface and groundwater resources (incl. headwaters), and as well as manmade drinking water sources. Delineated 1.5 mln. hectares as a riparian areas at both ecoregions of which appr. 3.0 mln. hectares at ASER and 700k hectares at AHEC approved as a water protection zoning by Local Parliaments in regards to Water law.
A total of 1.5 million ha of riparian and floodplain areas of water bodies have been officially approved as water protection zones by Citizen’s Representative Meetings of Uvs province in regards to Water law on May 2019, as result of successive technical support and advocacy works by WWF Mongolia. The decisions covered the surface and groundwater resources (incl. headwaters), and as well as manmade drinking water sources. Delineated 1.5 mln. hectares as a riparian areas at both ecoregions of which appr. 3.0 mln. hectares at ASER and 700k hectares at AHEC approved as a water protection zoning by Local Parliaments in regards to Water law.  
The decision enables enforcement of Law on Prohibition of Mineral Exploration and Mining Operation at River Headwaters, Protected Zones of Water Bodies and Forested Areas. Hereafter, an effective enforcement of protection regimes will be focus by River Basin Authority Administration and WWF Mongolia.
To interest, The Mongolian Government ordered to the ministers (The ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism, The ministry of mining and the ministry of urban construction) to establish the working committee that aimed to correct and calibrate protection zones based on ecological conditions of river basins by using internationally accepted scientific methodology and practices. WWF Mongolia in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy in Mongolia developed the methodological guideline on delineation of headwater, riparian and forest areas in order to identify no-go area for mining. These methodological guideline comprised different methods and source data such as satellite imagery and hydro-meteorological data, hydroshed model and riparian zoning methodology. This was accepted by the Committee for Scientific and Technical Council under the Minister of Environment and Green Development in April 2014.       
There is a strong interest from local environmental authorities, local government agencies and local people not to mine in riparian zones and enforce the Law with long name effectively. Local people and local authorities strongly appreciate the long-term ecological benefit and ecosystem services from healthy ecosystem rather than short-term economic gain which will have considerable negative impact.
A total of 1.5 million ha of riparian and floodplain areas of water bodies have been officially approved as water protection zones.
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