In observance of World Environment Day in Mongolia and to support the National Government to implement their ‘Vision-2050’ development policy to protect and increase the forest zones, People in Need INGO in cooperation with Czech Republic Embassy, and Caritas Czech Republic INGO planted trees in Bogd-Khan Mountain. Caritas Czech Republic and People in Need (PIN) INGOs have implement numerous projects funded by the Czech Republic and European Union in Mongolia, most of which aim to protect the environment, avert climate change, and promote sustainable livelihoods.
“My wife and I are very pleased to take part in this event organized by two Czech NGOs operating in Mongolia. The Czech Republic has been cooperating with Mongolia in forestry for many years. Our experts from Mendel University and Forest Management Institute have provided Mongolian partners with tools for long-term forest development and management, methodology for identifying and registering forest stands with extraordinary genetic qualities, introduce an effective way for the production of reproductive material, and offer a complex approach to planting, including initial planning, soil preparation, effective planting and protection of seedlings and saplings. Mendel University in Brno has been training young Mongolian forestry experts and it will lead international university consortium in a bigger forestry project funded by the European Union as of this year.” said H.E. Jiri Brodsky, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Mongolia.
Held annually since 1974, UN Member States celebrate the 5th of June as the “World Environment Day”. This year, World Environment Day serves as the formal launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.
“On this World Environment Day, and every day, PIN remains committed to supporting the Government and the people of Mongolia to mitigate the impacts of climate change. We owe it to our children to ensure their environmental rights are protected so they, and future generations, can live in a healthy and safe environment,” said Tim Jenkins, Country Director of PIN.
In Mongolia, faced with the problem of dwindling forests and its ecological consequences, the Government has been giving emphasis to forest conservation in the recent years, with the objectives to: protect wildlife, conserve bio-diversity, maintain ecological balance, enhance beneficial influences of forest and control desertification.
“Only 11.8% of Mongolia’s land is covered by forests which means the country has relatively low forest cover. We must all work together to not only plant more trees, but protect the forests that we have. Mongolia’s rich biodiversity and ecosystem is a natural treasure – we must treat it as such,” said Jana Zilkova, Caritas Czech Republic INGO. “Caritas Czech Republic is proud to join these initiatives thanks to the generous support from our donors at the EU Delegation to Mongolia and EU Switch Asia. Together we can switch to a green, sustainable economy,” Zilkova continued.
Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) INGO: CCR launched the first project in Mongolia in 2006. The mission of CCR is to improve the lives of thousands of people through education, promotion of sustainable development, empowering local communities and marginalized groups. Since 2006, CCR has implemented more than 20 projects in 15 different provinces with particular focus on pre-school and vocational education, social work, restoring livelihood, humanitarian assistance, prevention of risks of natural disasters, agriculture, and environment and recycling.
People in Need (PIN)INGO: PIN has been operating in Mongolia since 2009. We strive for a Mongolia where local communities are strengthened, respective of human rights, and empowered to be the drivers of change and equal opportunities. Apart from providing emergency relief, PIN builds the capacities of cooperatives, civil society organizations and local authorities, supports sustainable living, strengthens higher education, promotes environmental protection, and raises awareness about air pollution.