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00076781 - Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Baikal Basin Transboundary Ecosystem (Russia, Mongolia), Full-sized Project.
Lake Baikal, situated in eastern Siberia on the Russian border with Mongolia, is the world’s oldest (>25 million years old) and deepest lake (1,637 m). It contains 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh surface water and supports a diverse and highly endemic flora and fauna. Although the lake is in Russia, the catchment around this vast freshwater reservoir (Baikal Lake Basin) is a transboundary resource extending over a 500,000 km2 area shared between Russia and Mongolia, with over 300 rivers and streams. Ongoing pressure to expand the economy in both countries is driving the largely uncontrolled expansion of industrial, agricultural and urban developments within the watershed on both sides of the lake.
Building upon a solid baseline of bilateral cooperation between Russia and Mongolia on the transboundary waters of the Selenga River and on the growing economic baselines of the mining and tourism sectors, Global Environment Facility (GEF) support will catalyze the development and implementation of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the transboundary management and conservation of the Baikal Basin’s aquatic ecosystems. The project will also support efforts from both national and local governments and civil society to mainstream biodiversity conservation measures into mining and tourism sector policies and practices and watershed management planning, leading to improved management of biodiversity and aquatic ecosystems across 11,047,790 hectares.
The project’s objective is to spearhead integrated natural resource management of Baikal Lake Basin and Hövsgöl Lake ensuring ecosystem resilience, reduced water quality threats in the context of sustainable economic development.
The project has three primary components :
Project web-site: http://baikal.iwlearn.org/
Information updated: 2012-02-20 18:30:56
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