Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

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Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



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Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia




read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

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Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992

read more

Takhi

Holy Animal of Mongolia


Population Great Gobi B SPA 235 Animals
back home since 1992


read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia

read more

Great Gobi B

Biosphere Reserve


Area 9'000 km2
Height
aprox. 1000 Meter above sea level

South-West Mongolia



read more

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Future Challenges

Alternative Sources of Energy

Mongolian nomads traditionally use dried dung for heating and cooking purposes. In the area of the Gobi B the Saxaul bush is used as an alternative for heating due to the lack of other materials.

Meanwhile, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has declared the Saxaul as “critically endangered”. According to the management plan of the Gobi B Strictly Protected Area, the use of alternative sources of energy is promoted in order to protect the saxaul bush. Although under strong protection Saxaul is threatened with extinction in the area.

Alternative Sources of Income

Nomads rely on livestock farming with goats, camels, cattle, horses and sheep. Thus a family is supplied with the necessary products for their daily life such as meat, milk, wool and felt. The most important source of income however is cashmere.

But in view of the increasing loss of livestock due to extreme weather conditions in the near past, alternative sources of income become more and more important. Decentralization in favor of the smaller political units as Soums and Aimags shall provide more jobs for the local population.

Therefore ITG supports in collaboration with the Istituto Oikos and the Czech Development Agency the production and sale of traditional Mongolian handicrafts such as felt products, carpets, leatherware and wood-carvings.

Thus local nomads are provided with second source of income besides livestock farming. Furthermore it enables them to organise themselves politically and economically in broader cooperatives.

Confine Poaching

Poaching of the Khulans and Goitered Gazelles is an increasing problem in the Great Gobi B. The International Takhi Group cooperates with local people and the Mongolian ministry for Nature, Education and Tourism (EMNT) on this issue and regularly trains rangers to protect the Great Gobi B Strictly Protected Area.

Illegal Mining

Great Gobi B SPA lies in an area which potentially provides mineral resources. However excavation of mineral resources is forbidden in protected areas of Mongolia. Nevertheless private gold seekers have shown up and werde digging for gold at two locations in the protected area.

Private gold-seeking is a big threat for a protected area. The rangers being smaller in numbers have often insufficient resources to take action against them in a sufficient way.