South Gobi

Currently, our Extractive industry projects are focused on the South Gobi region of Mongolia. The extremely harsh environment of Mongolia’s Gobi desert has given rise to unique ecosystems with particularly well-adapted species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. The large mammal fauna consists of several rare or globally threatened species, namely the wild Bactrian camel (Camelus batrianusferus), the Gobi bear (Ursus arctos gobiensis), the snow leopard (Uncia uncia), the argali wild sheep (Ovis ammon) and the Asiatic wild ass (Equus hemionus). In particular, the Gobi desert is an important stronghold of the Asiatic wild ass (Equus hemionus, khulan in Mongolian) and the country has a global responsibility to ensure their conservation. Rapid expansion and development in the mining sector coupled with extensive national road construction plans could have drastic impacts on biodiversity in the Gobi.

 

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