If community members are united and understand each other well, everything can be done successfully.
Mr. P. Dagvadorj
Beneficiary and Community Leader, Bayangol Soum

"... Bayangol soum resident P. Dagvadorj planted a community-owned garden to improve his livelihood and protect the environment, setting others an outstanding example. In 2005, with the GEF SGP's funding, P. Dagvadorj fenced a 19-hectare area in Bayangol soum, Selenge aimag together with members of the CBO, planted fruit trees and bred 9 bee families. Also with the programme's funding in 2009, he fenced a 13.5-ha area along the banks of Kharaa River, creating conditions for natural bush growth. On an annual basis, he now harvests 1.5 tons of berries from his 3700-tree garden and collects approximately 200 kg of honey on average from bees, which have grown to 30 bee families.

"... People's mindset was different at the start of my project. They would say that I was going to plant trees to 'dry them out', implying that I would plant trees and then let them die by failing to take care of them. However, after seeing and touching the project outcome in 2007, two years into the project implementation, the locals found out that they could improve their livelihoods in ways other than just planting potatoes and vegetables or running animal husbandry", P. Dagvadorj recounted.

"... Mr. Dagvadorj first built his garden in an absolutely deserted place. Now, all the local households have fruit trees in their estate. Today, our soum residents collect berries locally, rather than from Ulaanbaatar or Darkhan as previously. In light of the revenues and expenses involved the locals would now say, "It is better to have 1000 trees, rather than 1000 goats. The citizens who used to think that environment protection is only the state's business have come to realize that they can improve their livelihood by taking a direct part in nature protection. People from remote provinces come to meet Mr. Dagvadorj to learn from his experience", D. Mongontsetseg, the soum's nature protection inspector since 2007, said.

Bayangol soum of Selenge aimag is located 156 km away from Ulaanbaatar and has the population of 5497, including 1584 households.

The citizens, who used to think that environment protection is only the state’s business, have come to realize that they can improve their livelihood by taking a direct part in nature protection.
Mr. D. Mongontsetseg
Soum’s Nature Protection Inspector
When SGP started in Mongolia in 2002, the country had experienced the market economy for only about a dozen years. There were not many NGOs, CBOs, or other CSOs. We approached this situation strategically and started assisting existing organizations and encouraging those who wanted to establish CBOs and NGOs.
Mr. Ganbaatar Bandi

"When SGP started in Mongolia in 2002, the country had experienced the market economy for only about a dozen years. There were not many NGOs, CBOs, or other CSOs. We approached this situation strategically and started assisting existing organizations and encouraging those who wanted to establish CBOs and NGOs. Last year we evaluated our programme and identified the following stages of a strategic and pragmatic approach that has been essential for us:

1. Creative attempts and assistance in formation of CBOs and NGOs (2002-2004): Activities to rehabilitate degraded lands such as community tree nurseries with drought-resistant species.

2. Learning by doing and capacity development (2004-2007): Focus on tree nurseries and greenhouses, community fruit groves and gardens. First cases of community forestry and community based tourism. Endeavors to rehabilitate nature by activities such as beekeeping. Creation of community conservation areas. Fish conservation attempts.

3. Creation and development (2008-2011): Development of community forestry and community tourism. Community conserved area development. Fish breeding and conservation. Marketing and sale of some biodiversity products (juice, jam, fruit oil, seedlings, seeds, felt items). Application of renewable energy (solar, biogas, water flow operated pumps).

4. Management and development (from 2012 onwards). Objectives: To become a global community centre on fighting land degradation. Develop community based natural resources management. Develop community conservation areas for nationwide recognition. Assist as many forestry communities as possible (so far created over 500 countrywide). Develop and use SGP micro-credit schemes for sustainability of old grantees as well as for new grantees.

To achieve the above outcomes and impacts, SGP Mongolia adopted the networking approach. Networking is key to every success and achievement. Networks are essential tools to keep people and grantees together, learn from each other, compete with one another, access local markets as a group, and develop and act in an organized manner. We have promoted 6 networks: • Community Forestry network • Community Tourism network • Community Gardens and tree nursery network • Community Protected Areas network • Beekeeping network • Fish breeding and conservation network. Each of the networks is facilitated and guided by an NGO located in the capital city, whose major task is to support grantees in accessing local markets to ensure sustainability.

We give great attention and emphasis to field monitoring and evaluation. I believe that field monitoring is essential to the success of any project. I normally start field trips in April or May after the first disbursements have been made to grantees. Each field trip lasts 3-4 days and covers 8-12 grant or proposal sites in one route that is carefully planned to save time and funds. The first site is usually located at a distance of at least 100 km from the capital city. It is my practice that to include all possible, new, ongoing, and recently closed grant sites on a route to observe results and give advice if needed. Because of long travel distances, I manage to visit 2-4 projects or proposal sites a day, traveling until it becomes dark. Some statistics from the last 9 years of site visits:

  • Total distance travelled: 240,515 km by jeep
  • Travelled by horse: about 400 km in total
  • Number of trips made: 186
  • Number of days spent: 407
  • Number of grants and proposal sites visited: 767 (cumulative)"


Mr. Ganbaatar Bandi
National Coordinator
Phone:+ (976-11) 327585-1140
Fax:+ (976-11) 326221
Ms. Narangarav Gankhuyag
Programme Assistant
Phone:+ (976-11) 327585-1141
Fax:+ (976-11) 326221
UNDP Room 604, UN House - 14201, United Nations Street-14 Sukhbaatar district.,Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia210646