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Support for community based tourism development in Ejj Khairkhan protected area (Mongolia)


Titre : Support for community based tourism development in Ejj Khairkhan protected area (Mongolia)

Pays : Mongolie

Numéro projet : MON/06/42

Domaine : Biodiversity Land Degradation

Durée : 2007

Bénéficiaires : Council for Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area

Intends to assist local communities alone with the Buffer Zone Council of Eej Khairkhan protected area in promoting tourism activities around protected area to support local administration conservation efforts and livelihoods of the local community by helping them establish a community camp.
One more community-based tourist camp was opened at the foot of the Eej Khairkhan mountain, a place of outstanding natural beauty and a local sacred spot in Gobi Altai province. In Mongolia, tourism is becoming a valuable new income-generating alternative for herders highly dependent on their livestock, the main source of livelihood. Increasing frequency of natural disasters such as consecutive harsh winter combined with summer droughts brought many herders to poverty.
In the recent years, flow of tourists, especially domestic tourists to the given area has been increasing which necessitates creation of tourist infrastructure and tourism coordination at the local level. Along with this, rangers of the Great Gobi Strictly Protected Area recorded an upward trend in the number of violations such as contamination of the vicinities with household waste, poaching of rare and endangered animals and uncontrolled utilization of saxaul tree for fuel.
Local herders have been trained in provision of camel and horse riding tours and agreed to supply dairy products, including camel milk highly valued for its medicinal qualities. Also, the residents of the village will be operating a souvenir shop where handcrafts will be sold. Guided tours to local attractions such as 30m high waterfall in Tsagaan Khaalga, wild camel breeding center, canyons in the Ureltiin Khundii valley and Buugiin Khar and Bayantooroi oasis - the largest oasis in Mongolia, will be organized.

Grant Amount (GEF Small Grants Programme) : US$ 9,200.00
Co-Financing Cash : US$ 6,062.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 4,463.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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