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IUCN consultant conducted a field survey of Ugtam and Yakh-Nuur Nature Refuges in Mongolia during the development of The Landscapes of Dauria nomination

Between 15 and 18 October 2015, Wendy Shtram, an IUCN consultant, conducted a filed survey in Mongolia (Ulan Bator, Choibalsan, Bayandun settlement, Ugtam and Yakh-Nuur Nature Refuges) as part of the project “Preparation of Transnational Russian–Mongolian nomination The Landscapes of Dauria to be inscribed on the World Heritage List”.

Representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia, employees of Dornod Aimak Protected Areas Administration, Daursky Nature Reserve, Natural Heritage Protection Fund, research institutions of Russia and Mongolia participated in the working visit. During the field survey, sessions of the working group responsible for nomination development were organized, as well as consultations with IUCN expert related to nominated area borders improvement, transnational cooperation and management. They also conducted field surveys of Ugtam and Yakh-Nuur Nature Refuges to determine whether it was reasonable to include them in The Landscapes of Dauria nomination.

Based on the results of the visit, the parties came to an agreement in principal to develop and transfer additional documents to the World Heritage Center till February 1, 2016, so that the issue related to the inscription of The Landscapes of Dauria property on the List would be considered at the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee in summer 2016.

 Summary report following IUCN expert’s visit to Ugtam and Yakh-Nuur Nature Refuges