Mongolia adopts the Conservation Standards for its protected areas

After a long gestation, the Mongolian Department of Protected Areas Management has adopted the Open Standards to manage their network of protected areas that covers more than 30% of the country.

Mongolia are among the most recent governments using the Open Standards in their conservation management. Madagascar National Parks have adopted Miradi as their planning tool for parks and reserves management and the Government of Northwest Territories’ Conservation, Assessment and Monitoring Department have been trained as Coaches.

The Mongolian government saw a number of advantages to adopting the Open Standards for its protected area management work commencing with the appeal of the method itself – logical, road tested in thousands of conservation projects and easily scalable. They find the use of standardized terms facilitates conversations between conservation staff within an agency or within a country and, of course, the method is supported by many global conservation groups, agencies and alliances.