The Steppe Forward Programme: Training conservationists for Mongolia's future
Dr Sarah King
ZSL - Zoological Society of London
Host Country Institutions:
National University of Mongolia
The Steppe Forward Programme aims to empower Mongolians to create and manage conservation programmes by providing them with the tools necessary to design and monitor their own conservation initiatives, assess wildlife populations and design ecological studies.
MNU staff, students and National Park rangers able to design, implement and monitor conservation programmes in Mongolia.
Establishment of regular and ongoing field course programme in ecology for undergrads and rangers.
Community awareness of ecology and conservation needs.
MNU students and rangers able to train local herders as para-ecologists. collecting biodiversity data.
Gobi communities able to set up and run own conservation/alternative income initiatives.
MNU students able to source funding and successfully apply for conservation project grants.
MNU students able to initiate and run own conservation projects, particularly with schools in the capital.
Primary school environmental story and exercise book produced and distributed.
Ecology field techniques core text produced.
Scientific journal for biology in Mongolia published.
e-newsletter providing communication forum for all biology/environment/conservation bodies in Mongolia.
Publications and presentations.