UNDP, Establishment and strengthening the Management Bodies in Local Protected Areas in Toson Hulstai Khentii and Dornod province, 2014-2015

The overall objective was to establish and strengthen appropriate Management Bodies and enhance its ability and of communities in project pilot sites/community conservation landscapes in order to transform them into centers of conservation excellence. Key outputs are:

  1. Establish new and/or strengthen existing communities to empower them to alleviate threats identified during the project design phase;
  2. Establish management bodies based on co-management principles, including main stakeholders, such as CBOs, NGOs, relevant government agencies and private sector;
  3. Ensure that comprehensive regulatory guidelines (standardized forms and templates) to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of community conservation landscapes adopted and operational.

Key activities include:

  1. Conduct baseline study to identify current gaps, strengths and weaknesses of community-based land-conservation and management initiatives, existing co-management structures and regulatory framework in project target sites.
  2. Identify existing community groups and potential neighborhood groupings which are willing to move towards more formal status; delineate their boundaries of pilot LPAs and communities, map existing resources, and ensure official documenting and registration of community conservation areas and communities as formal institutions;
  3. Develop methodology and work plan with verifiable indicators, baseline status, targets and timeframe that integrated into MRPA project level objectives and targets.
  4. Assess the training needs of different levels of national/local-level officials and communities;
  5. Conduct induction training, discussion and workshops with stakeholders
  6. Form community groups in project target sites, establish management structure, assist in developing internal rules, creation of revolving funds and monitoring mechanisms;
  7. Help herder communities to delineate and map their boundaries of seasonal movements, customary grazing areas and wildlife migration routes within and neighboring areas;
  8. Establish Management Bodies based on co-management principles develop and adopt guidelines, get approved by local government. Co-management bodies will be strengthened and will be capable of effective co-management with herders. Soums will be able to plan land use, wildlife movements and coordinate seasonal movements, resulting in better distributed grazing pressure and to improve conservation effectiveness.