National Programme on Water aims to study and integrate traditional practices

National programme on water aims to study and

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National Programme on Water aims “ to study and integrate traditional practices on water use into advanced technological and innovative inititiatives and put them into practice in accordance with social development needs and requirements .” IV) Please provide information on current status and trends in relation to this target. The “Environmental Public Awareness” project was implemented with the support of the UNDP and the Governments of the Netherlands and Australia from 1997 – 1999.. The project dealt with the restoration and dissemination of traditional practices of nature con- servation and sustainable use amongst the public. Community based biodiversity conservation projects have been implemented to restore the use of traditional conservation practices. For example, a worshipped mountain “Altan Ovoo” is protected by traditional conservation practices. In 1999, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) cooperated with the World Bank and the Mongolian Buddhist Centre to organise a conference titled “Roles of Religion in Nature Conservation”. The conference participants highlighted the importance of respecting and worshipping the natural environment, includ- ing water sources and mountains not only in conservation but in their sustainable use. As part of this project, Buddhist icons were consecrated and placed on tops of worshipped mountains in different parts of the country. V) Please provide information on indicators used in relation to this target. VI) Please provide information on challenges in implementation of this target. VII) Please provide any other relevant information. 39
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Box XIX. Target 9.2 Protect the rights of indigenous and local communities over their traditional knowledge, innovations and practices, including their rights to benefit sharing I) National target: Has a national target been established corresponding to the global target above? a) No x b) Yes, the same as the global target c) Yes, one or more specific national targets have been established Please provide details below. II) National targets for specific programmes of work: If such national target(s) ha(s)(ve) been established, please indicate here, and give further details in the box(es). Programme of work Yes No Details a) Agricultural b) Inland water c) Marine and coastal d) Dry and subhumid land e) Forest f) Mountain III) Has the global or national target been incorporated into relevant plans, programmes and strategies? a) No x b) Yes, into national biodiversity strategy and action plan c) Yes, into sectoral strategies, plans and programmes Please provide details below. IV) Please provide information on current status and trends in relation to this target. Whilst natural resources have contributed to fulfilling household needs, Mongolians have fo- cused on the economical use of resources in order to ensure natural regeneration of their resources and ecological balance. They have believed that the environment is alive, and must therefore be clean and pure. For example, a number of activities have been avoided,
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