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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Mongolia 2017
The Wilderness Conservation Holiday Adventure Expedition protects the environmental management of one of the largest wilderness areas in Asia by supporting eco-tourism.
Hagiin Har Nuur is located within the Khentii Mountains in the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area. The once remote area which is home to many wild animals, is now seeing increasing visitor numbers. Although prohibited by law, some vehicles make their way illegally into this very scenic area. With the visitors came a lot of rubbish and human waste. This was affecting the lake, making its campsites unusable and polluting the once clean water.
The Wilderness Conservation Holiday Adventure Expedition is an initiative by Stone Horse Expeditions in cooperation with the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area authorities in Mongolia, to better protect the environmental management of one of the largest wilderness areas in Asia. Rubbish was removed from the lake shore and 1 km2 of forest bush was cleaned. Two sanitation facilities were installed to deal with human waste of more than 1,000 visitors throughout the season, and a number of signs were placed for public information. Visitors can now come to the area and enjoy the nature without affecting the environment.
Mongolian protected areas are severely underfunded. Nevertheless, a small adventure tour operator took the initiative to undertake park management activities with their own funding, created through the Wilderness Conservation Holiday Adventure Expedition and the international paying guests who participate. This way, they can support protected area authorities in protecting the environment, creating public awareness, conserving biodiversity and wildlife protection.