Environmental education training, NE Asian Crane Network: Mongolia, 2003

Environmental education training, NE Asian Crane Network: Mongolia, 2003

19 September 2003

A brief report on the training course on environmental education for the North East Asian Crane Site Network, Mongolia,
25 August - 1 September 2003

Simba Chan
Flyway Officer
North East Asian Crane Site Network

Since its launch in 1997, the North East Asian Crane Site Network has organized activities such as workshops, symposia, children art exhibitions, and training courses to promote conservation of cranes and their habitats in North East Asia. The number of important sites that have joined the Crane Site Network has increased from 18 sites in 1997 to 26 sites as of August 2003.

We understand that as cranes have very high cultural significance in eastern Asia, they are ambassadors of nature conservation in this highly populated region. In eastern Asia, probably more than one million tourists were drawn to several crane sites annually. This means that when properly managed, these sites are important for environmental education. On the other hand, bad management will lead to disturbance and even deterioration of these sites.

In 2001 and 2002, the Crane Site Network organized two workshops, at the Yellow River Delta National Nature Reserve, China, and Kushiro Marshes, Japan, to discuss how to improve education and visitor control to crane sites. At the Kushiro Workshop, a training course on education and visitor control was suggested and approved.

With funds secured from France and Japan, the training course was held at the Daguur Strictly Protected Area, Dornod Province, Mongolia, from 25 August to 1 September 2003. For one week all participants stayed on the Mongolian steppe by Duruu Lake at the Daguur Strictly Protected Area, living in Mongolian gers and tents. The Eastern Mongolia Protected Areas Administration provided wonderful logistical support to the training course.

More than 50 people from reserves in Russia, Mongolia and China participated in the training course, which aimed to train potential trainers so that they will go back to the reserves and train their education staff. It also helps the nature reserves to draft and implement plan on environmental education. On each day there were plenary presentations, group discussions and reports. At the end of the days, environmental games were played both for fun and for education. We have tested the environmental games to children of the herdsmen and found the games were very useful to convey concepts of nature and environment to the younger generations.

On 29 August all training course participants visited Chuluukhoroot Village and were greeted warmly by the local community.

The main facilitators of the training course are: Barrie Cooper (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, U.K.), Idy Wong (Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong), Li Fengshan (International Crane Foundation, U.S.A.), Keith Metzner (UNDP in eastern Mongolia), Jan Dierks (expert on ecotourism, Germany), Claire Mirande (International Crane Foundation, U.S.A.), Elena Ilyashenko (Crane Working Group of Eurasia, Russia) and Simba Chan (Wild Bird Society of Japan, and the Flyway Offcier of the Crane Site Network). The lecture and discussion had to be translated into four different languages: Russian, Mongolian, Chinese and English, by some of the facilitators, Misha Parilov (Khingansky Nature Reserve, Russia) and Sanchir (UNDP in eastern Mongolia). Natsagdorjiyn Tseveenmyadag and Badamjav Lhagvasuren, both from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, helped to smooth out all the logistics.

The training course is principally funded by Société des Eaux Minerales d'Evian of the Danone Corporate Group (France), through the Ramsar Convention Bureau, and the Nippon Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation (Japan). The Siberian Crane GEF Program, China Wetland GEF Program, the UNDP Eastern Steppe Biodiversity Conservation Program in Mongolia, and the International Crane Foundation have all contributed in sponsoring participants and assisting the training course.

There will be more to come, and the Crane Site Network needs your support.

For more information, please contact the Flyway Officer at
Some previous publications of the Crane Site Network:

Training course in Daguur

Mr Sanchir and Ms Delgermaa reporting results of the discussion

Group discussion on the Daguur steppe

Watching Hooded Cranes on the Daguur Steppe

Meeting local community at Chuluukhoroot

Environmental game

Notes: Sites in the North East Asian Crane Site Network are:

1 Kytalyk Resource Reserve, Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
2 Khingansky Nature Reserve and Ganukan Game Reserve, Amur Province (Khingan-Arkhara lowlands in the reserve is a Ramsar Site.)
3 Daursky Nature Reserve, Chita Province (Part of the Torey Lakes Ramsar Site)
4 Lake Khanka Nature Reserve (Part of the Lake Khanka Ramsar Site)

5 Mongol Daguur Strictly Protected Area, Dornod Province (Ramsar Site)
6 Khurkh-Khuiten valley, Khentii Province
7 Ugtam Nature Reserve, Dornod Province

8 Sanjiang National Nature Reserve, Heilongjiang Province (Ramsar Site)
9 Xingkai Hu National Nature Reserve, Heilongjiang Province (Ramsar Site)
10 Zhalong National Nature Reserve, Heilongjiang Province (Ramsar Site)
11 Xianghai National Nature Reserve, Jilin Province (Ramsar Site)
12 Shuangtai Hekou National Nature Reserve, Liaoning Province
13 Yellow River Delta (Huanghe Sanjiaozhou) National Nature Reserve, Shandong Province
14 Yancheng National Nature Reserve, Jiangsu Province (Ramsar Site)
15 Shengjin Hu National Nature Reserve, Anhui Province
16 Poyang Hu National Nature Reserve, Jiangxi Province (Ramsar Site)
17 Cao Hai National Nature Reserve, Guizhou Province

North Korea
18 Kumya Wetland Reserve, South Hamgyong Province
19 Mundok Wetland Reserve, South Pyongan Province

South Korea
20 Cholwon Basin, South Pyongan Province
21 Han River Estuary, Kyonggi Province

22 Kiritappu Marsh, Hokkaido (Ramsar Site)
23 Akkeshi Lake and Bekanbeushi Marsh, Hokkaido (Ramsar Site)
24 Kushiro Marsh, Hokkaido (Ramsar Site)
25 Yashiro, Yamaguchi Prefecture
26 Izumi-Takaono Wildlife Protection Area, Kagoshima Prefecture

Daguur Strictly Protected Area