Elaboration of a World Heritage Nomination Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Southern Gobi
The Mongolian Gobi desert is outstanding at a global scale due to the combination of extent, diversity and pristiness. The Mongolian Great and Small Gobi host an extraordinary representation of critical populations of rare animal and plant species as well as an enormous range of intact desert landforms and features. The government of Mongolia submitted the “Desert Landscapes of the Mongolian Great Gobi” to the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention already in 2014. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia requested the support for the elaboration of a sophisticated nomination dossier to the UNESCO.
The nomination of the Mongolian Great and Small Gobi shall close one of the few major gaps in the world heritage convention. Simultaneously it shall encourage national decision-making bodies to invest and further improve management and protection of these outstanding landscapes and ecosystems. Moreover, it can support the allocation of further and additional funding to maintain the conservation regime.