NATIONAL PARK ACADEMY

NATIONAL PARK ACADEMY

MEC established Lake Hovsgol Conservancy (LHC) in 2012 to support the protection and management of Lake Hovsgol National Park to help the park sustain its wilderness resources, protect the indigenous nomadic culture and ensure locally provided tourism activities.

In 2021, we rebranded the program as National Park Academy in order to expand our work to other national parks across the country to assist various national park administrations and park rangers. As part of the program, MEC provided interpretative training at the Dariganga National Park in Sukhbaatar province, Numrug National Park in Dornod province, Khar Us Lake National Park and Munkhkhairkhan National Park in in Khovd province, the Great Gobi B National Park in Gobi-Altai province.

The academy includes activities such as improving park ranger management, conservation, and education skills, expanding park facilities, establishing interdisciplinary and place-based education programs, and initiating tourism-related workforce development for residents.

  • Interpretation training in National Parks in Sukhbaatar and Dornod aimags

  • “Ger” technical assistance project in South Gobi

  • Field Trip to USA National Parks

  • Interpretation training

  • Sisterpark arrangement between Denali National Park and Otgontenger National Park.

  • 2016 Interpretation training

  • Ulaan Taiga National Park General Management Plan.

  • Lake Hovsgol National Park entrance sign

  • Sisterpark arrangement with Yosemite National Park

  • Trail Mapping For Hiking & Horseback Trekking in Lake Hovsgol National Park

  • Joint training with USA National Park experts

  • “I can love” campaign

  • Lake hovsgol National Park General Management Plan.

12

years of
expertise

30

international experts

106

National Parks of Mongolia to collaborate with

2

Sisterpark arrangement with US National Parks

National Parks

Lake Hovsgol National Park was established in 1992 and expanded in 2011 Nomadic tribes were first attracted to the beauty of Blue Pearl some 4000 years ago. Mongolians also call Lake Hovsgol, the Mother Sea, for it contains 70% of Mongolia’s (and 1% of the Earth’s) freshwater. Surrounded by forests, the water entering the lake can take 500 years to exit via the one outlet: the Eg River.

Sister Park Arrangement

The Mongol Ecology Center played a key role in facilitating and developing “Sister Park” relationship. The purpose of the relationship is to promote international cooperation and support for the mutual benefit of bilateral Parks and to enrich the experience and training of the personnel of bilateral Parks through projects of international cooperation.

Threats & Challenges

Around the world, critically important natural and cultural resources are under constant threat. Wildlife and rare plants are routinely poached. Illegal mining, development, and illicit drug trade devastates landscapes. Cultural antiquities are stolen or damaged.

Entrance Signs and Interpretive Panels

To commemorate the establishment of Sister Park Arrangement, Yosemite National Park and Mongol Ecology Center donated Lake Hovsgol National Park Entrance Sign, a Visitor Center sign, and 3 Road Signs. The signs were designed and fabricated at the Yosemite Sign Shop at the Yosemite National Park.