In December 2021 a follow-up project was launched with an objective to support the Mongolian Government within the World Heritage nomination process. At the same time, the project aimed to raise awareness on World Heritage in Mongolia and enhance its use as a conservation instrument as well as to improve the management effectiveness for targeted protected areas and build capacities for the integrated management of the proposed serial property.
Different activities such as field visits to the target area, literature reviews, study tour to Germany, expert workshops and stakeholder meetings were implemented within the framework of the project, to also address challenges and threats to the territory and find solutions to ensure the preservation of the Outstanding Universal Value of the proposed property.
As a result of comprehensive work and joint effort, a complete nomination dossier together with respective maps for the Eastern Mongolian Steppes was developed and submitted by the Mongolian Government to UNESCO's World Heritage Centre in January 2024. In addition, a management concept for ensuring the coordinated management of the serial property was elaborated and approved by relevant institutions.
Inscription on the World Heritage List is expected to add a layer of visibility, protection, and accountability to the Eastern Mongolian Steppes, supporting the preservation of the unique ecosystems.