It feels so nice to have good news to share! Local people and conservation organizations have been fighting to create a State Protected Area in Mongolia’s Tost region for many years, and they have finally succeeded. A new Nature Reserve has just been approved by Mongolia’s parliament that would connect the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park and the Great Gobi protected area: creating one of the world’s largest protected snow leopard habitats.
Large-scale development and hunting will be banned in this new Nature Reserve; while local people will be able to continue economic activities that don’t significantly harm the environment. This is an important distinction, because Tost’s people have been some of the greatest champions for the new park. It will also hopefully prevent much of the resentment that often develops when local people are harmed by the creation of protected areas.
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I hope you’re as excited about this as I am!