BioBeer: Survey of the Mongolian Gazelle

1. Jadamba, Kirk Olson from WCS will give a talk entitled "SURVEY OF MONGOLIAN GAZELLE 2008-2009"

2. Andrew Dixon from International Wildlife Consultants, UK Ltd will present a talk entitled "CONSERVATION OF THE SAKER FALCON THROUGH SUSTAINABLE USE"

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On the Trail of Genghis Khan: From Mongolia to Hungary on horseback

On the fist Wednesday of the new year (tomorrow 5 January at 7PM) we have in Cafe Amsterdam the fourth and last episode of the documentary series  "On the Trail of Genghis Khan" about Tim Cope's horseback journey from Mongolia to Hungary.
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The Business Council of Mongolia Updates Web Presence

The Business Council of Mongolia Updates Web Presence

The Business Council of Mongolia announce that their bilingual website has been upgraded for the New Year.

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Ikh Nart Nature Reserve is visited by California State Parks Team

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By Lynn Rhodes

The Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in the northwestern part of Dornogobi aimag was visited last month by a team from California State Parks. Since Mark Jorgensen, Superintendent (retired) of California’s Anza Borrego Desert State Park® first visited Mongolia in 2006; the relationship between ...

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"On the Trail of Genghis Khan" by Tim Cope in Cafe Amsterdam

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Guidebook "Mongolia – Nomad Empire of Blue Sky" Launch

On  December 17, 2009 at 7:00 PM in Cafe Amsterdam we would like to invite you to the Mongolia launch of “Mongolia – Nomad Empire of Blue Sky” written by Carl Robinson and produced jointly by the Mongolia National Tourism Organization, an NGO dedicated to marketing and promotion of Mongolia and Odysse...

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Ski Season in Mongolia begins this weekend

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By Dan and Unuruu

This weekend, a new major ski resort will start operating, it is located on the slopes of the sacred Mountain Bogd Khan Uul, overlooking the capitol city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.
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Swine Flu (H1N1) Pandemic in Mongolia Over 1,000 [Updated]

Swine Flu (H1N1) Pandemic in Mongolia Over 1,000 [Updated]

By Dan and Unuruu (Last updated 9 December)

Based on the Wave Index the current wave of the H1N1 pandemic in Mongolia is over. The restrictions set by the government have been lifted.

Latest updates

The number of reported swine flu (H1N1 influenza) cases in Mongolia has reached 1183 (as of December 9, 200...

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Discover Mongolia 2009 Mining Conference Commences Despite Fear of H1N1 Flu

Discover Mongolia 2009 Mining Conference Commences Despite Fear of H1N1 Flu

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Discover Mongolia 2009, The 7th International Mining Investors Forum opening ceremony was  held today Thursday November 5, at the Children's Palace in Ulaanbaatar.

The Mongolian government ha...

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Is Mongolia now open for business?

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This article was written by Christopher de Gruben .

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BioBeer: Survey of the Mongolian Gazelle PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 January 2010 20:56
1. Jadamba, Kirk Olson from WCS will give a talk entitled "SURVEY OF MONGOLIAN GAZELLE 2008-2009"

2. Andrew Dixon from International Wildlife Consultants, UK Ltd will present a talk entitled "CONSERVATION OF THE SAKER FALCON THROUGH SUSTAINABLE USE"

3. Gankhuyag Purev-ochir from WSCC will give a talk entitled "PRODUCTIVITY OF SAKER FALCON AT THE ARTIFICIAL NEST AND NATURAL NEST SITES IN CENTRAL MONGOLIA"

on *Thursday, January 7, 2009.* Talk will start at 6:00pm

Abstracts are attached

Biobeers is held on the first Thursday of every month at Sweet Cafe (located behind the Information and Technological National Park and next to the Admon Printing Company, west of Internom Bookstore Building). People are requested to arrive after 5:30pm, in time for the talk to start at 6:00.

Biobeers is a monthly gathering of government and NGO staff, biologists, researchers, and other professionals interested in conservation. Each month, Biobeers sponsors a half-hour presentation on a topic relevant to Mongolian conservation, followed by an informal gathering to discuss activities and issues of interest. Biobeers is an opportunity to find out what is happening in the field of conservation in Mongolia, talk informally to other researchers and peers in your field, and share information about issues critical to the environment and people of Mongolia.

Biobeers is organised by the Zoological Society of London's Steppe Forward Programme and sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society. At Biobeers the beer is on us!

CONSERVATION OF THE SAKER FALCON THROUGH SUSTAINABLE USE

Andrew Dixon

International Wildlife Consultants, UK Ltd

Abstract There is a demand for Saker Falcons for use in Arabic falconry. This demand is met by commercial trade, either through captive-breeding or by wild harvesting. The trade in wild-sourced Saker Falcons can be a legal, CITES regulated trade or it can be an unregulated, illegal trade. Mongolia is the only country that operates a significant legal, CITES regulated harvest (virtually all other international trade in wild Sakers is illegal). However, the Mongolian trade has been subject to a CITES Trade Review because the harvest is potentially detrimental to the Saker population in Mongolia. Conservation through sustainable use is enshrined within the Convention on Biological Diversity and has great potential in its application to Saker Falcon conservation in Mongolia, whilst the continued existence of a sustainable, CITES regulated wild harvest has potential conservation benefits for Sakers internationally. In this talk I will describe the potential for developing a conservation programme for the Saker based on a sustainable harvest in Mongolia and the problems that need to be overcome to implement this conservation strategy.

PRODUCTIVITY OF SAKER FALCON AT THE ARTIFICIAL NEST

AND NATURAL NEST SITES IN CENTRAL MONGOLIA Gankhuyag Purev-ochir

Wildlife Science and Conservation Centre

We have been studying breeding success of saker falcon at the artificial nest and natural nest sites in central Mongolia since 2007. In line with breeding density, the clutch size, brood size and fledging success of Saker Falcons was lowest at the natural nest grid compared with the artificial nest site. The number of pairs of saker falcons at the artificial nest site is increasing in each year.
Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2010 20:56
 
The Business Council of Mongolia Updates Web Presence PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 January 2010 22:29

Business Council of MongoliaThe Business Council of Mongolia announce that their bilingual website has been upgraded for the New Year.

The categories have been reorganized in order to improve usability and make it easier for visitors to find and access information. We created a new category named "Resources". Here you can find regular reports and other resource documents on Mongolia. We continue to upload issues of the BCM NewsWire to the Archives one-month after distribution to members. 

Other new features include the calendar, reports, presentations and interviews as well as easier access to the Mining Supply Chain Database via a direct link on our home page.

Feel free to surf on our website at www.bcmongolia.org.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 22:29
 
Ikh Nart Nature Reserve is visited by California State Parks Team PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 January 2010 13:40

By Lynn Rhodes

The Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in the northwestern part of Dornogobi aimag was visited last month by a team from California State Parks. Since Mark Jorgensen, Superintendent (retired) of California’s Anza Borrego Desert State Park® first visited Mongolia in 2006; the relationship between the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve and California State Parks has been on-going. Ikh Nart and Anza Borrego Desert State Park® in California became official Sister Parks last year when the California State Park Commission voted unanimously to pass a Resolution of Support for the relationship between the two parks. Joint efforts include wildlife studies, natural and cultural resource protection, enforcement, training and ecotourism.

State Parks representatives, some for the first time and some returning, traveled on their own time and at their own expense to the official Sister Park. This year’s delegation included Jorgensen, and Lynn Rhodes, Chief, Law Enforcement Division (retiring), three State Park District Superintendents: Mike Wells, Ronie Clark, and Pam Armas, in addition to Anza Borrego Desert State Park® Ranger Steve Bier.

The visit helped to reinforce responsibilities these land mangers have to protect and preserve natural and cultural resources. Both old and new strategies were shared during the visit in order to continue successful stewardship of the sister parks.

Last year, staff from the two sister parks decided one of the best ways to improve protection at Ikh Nart was to better identify the reserve’s boundaries. The State Parks’ team had boundary signs made and brought with them for installation around the Reserve’s perimeter.

Coordinates for all signs were entered into a GIS system for ease in locating and monitoring. New signs were placed around approximately 1/3rd of the reserve’s boundary during the joint work project. The team hopes to complete the boundary sign project during next year’s visit.

The new signs will help those who visit the reserve. Additionally, illegal mining and trespassing are some of the challenges in managing the reserve and good boundary signs will assist Ikh Nart’s Ranger staff in protecting the area.

The visit included a treat for the State Parks team to attend a local Naadam Festival near Ikh Nart. While there, a young boy received an eye injury and was provided first aid by State Park Ranger Steve Bier who was able to stabilize the injury.

The California State Parks team also brought several first aid packs for the Ikh Nart Rangers and shared a joint first aid training session the following day.

While working at the Reserve, the team also met and supported several local women who have started a crafts cooperative called “Ikh Nart is Our Future”. The women, led by their new Director, Boloroo, set up a table at Ikh Nart’s research camp with their newly made felt works. In addition to helping support the women, a portion of the proceeds from their work helps to provide on going support for the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve.

In March of this year, Ikh Nart’s camp manager Amgaa Sukh Amgalanbaatar, traveled to California’s Anza Borrego Desert State Park® for the second time, to assist with efforts there. The Ikh Nart and State Parks’ team said the joint project work increases awareness of what can be gained when working together to protect valuable resources. The measure of success, in part, will be that places like the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve and California’s State Parks will remain protected and accessible for the public to enjoy today and for generations to come.

Ikh Nart Nature Reserve: http://www.ikhnart.com

Lynn Rhodes has most recently been the Chief of California State Parks Law Enforcement Division. After 30 years with California State Parks, she is retiring at year’s end and will spend more time with her family, writing and supporting natural and cultural resource protection and enforcement in California and other locations such as the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in Mongolia, California State Parks’ Sister Park

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 13:40
 
"On the Trail of Genghis Khan" by Tim Cope in Cafe Amsterdam PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 15 December 2009 06:30
Coming  Wednesday 16 December at 7PM we will show in Cafe Amsterdam episode two of the documentary series "On the Trail of Genghis Khan" titled "In the Skin of a Wolf" by Tim Cope. Like the first episode, which we showed last week, this is actually a world premiere, because the documentary series has not yet been shown to public before.

About Tim Cope:
Tim Cope is traveler, author and film-maker, who first came to Mongolia via Russia by bicycle in 2000. Since then he has developed friendship with Tseren and Rik from Cafe Amsterdam and Tseren Tours. Tim was part of a row boat journey along the Yenisey river from lake Baikal to the Arctic in 2001. In 2004 he started a 3-year 10.000km journey on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary. He was chosen the Australian Adventurer of the year 2006. This summer he visited Mongolia again and did with Tseren a trek in the west of Mongolia. In July Tim gave a lecture inCafe Amsterdam.

About the film:
Tim just finished making a documentary about his journey on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary. This documentary will be broadcast in a series of 4 parts of 45 minutes on the French/German network Arte and the German television channel ZDF next year. A few parts of the documentary he has shown already in CafeAmsterdam during his lecture in July.
Wednesday 7PM we will show part two of the series, which is mainly about Kazachstan and the nomadic culture in this country. 

People who saw first episode last week really enjoyed it, so come tomorrow toCafe Amsterdam to watch the second part.


One day later on December 17 at 7PM we have in Cafe Amsterdam the book launch of the just released Odyssey guide book: Mongolia, Nomad Empire of Eternal Blue Sky by Carl Robinson. Everybody is welcome to join the launch. Of course the author will be there as well as the people from the Mongolia National Tourism Organization (MNTO) who jointly produced the book.
More news about the book launch will follow soon.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 06:30
 
Ski Season in Mongolia begins this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 November 2009 18:37

By Dan and Unuruu

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This weekend, a new major ski resort will start operating, it is located on the slopes of the sacred Mountain Bogd Khan Uul, overlooking the capitol city of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.
The new "Sky-Resort" has several runs served by two chairlifts, the lower west one for beginners and the eastern one for ski racing and training,  it ascends to the height of 1570m.

The ski center includes a coffee shop, a restaurant and renting facilities, including  skiwear, skis, boards and boots. A 30% discount is offered until 25 December 2009. The site is open from 8:30 and serves full light night skiing until 22:00.

Ski school trainers will be present to teach the basics of skiing to visitors, on a individual or group basis.

The snow

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The temperatures in Ulan Bator are well below freezing throughout the winter. It does snow from time to time, but not enough to ensure snowy slopes. An Italian company Techno-Alpine has installed snow-making equipment. The snow is made and covers the slopes with the aid of  15 lances (snow guns) that spray snow along the ski slopes. They are operated by two fully automated pumping stations.

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In order to minimize delivery times, the lances, pump and compressor station units were transported overland from South Tyrol in Italy to Ulaanbaatar via Russia. The remainder of the equipment was transported via China by sea and then transported overland to Mongolia. The final testing of the equipment was completed a few weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

The slopes

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Compared to international ski slopes, the Sky-Resort slopes are easy to intermediate. The slope colors on the map below do not indicate the difficulty, they should all be green and blue according to common ski slope color codes. None of the slopes can be considered black diamond coded (difficult), although the most challenging slope is the Khurkhereet 1020m, which is named after the name of the near by valley.

To try out your ski skills use the Khurakh 110 meter slope. Continue on the Artsat 210m, and Nukht 400m slopes. When you feel comfortable with your ski skills take the lower western chair lift and ski down the Tenger 800m, and Chuluut 850m.

Experienced skiers will enjoy going up the eastern higher chair lift and go down the Zalaat 1050m, and Zaisan 1070m slopes. The most challenging slope is the fast Khurkhereet 1020m slope. Have fun.

Cost

For lift pass and a pair of skis (opening discount until 25 December).
Week-day:  half day  12,200 Togrog,  full day  16,000 Togrog.
Week-end:  half day  17,300 Togrog,  full day  22,400 Togrog.

Sky Resort ski slopes map.

map_sky_resort_ski_ulaanbaatar_mongoliaclick on map for full size.

Click here for this map in PDF format for downloading and printing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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