Japanese experts to teach 240 Mongolians tree planting
Delegates from Hokkaido prefecture’s local nature conservation organizations will implement a three-year project in Ulaanbaatar with the Governor’s Office in September, 2013. The project officially began when administrators from the two countries signed a project contract on July 24.
Two hundred and forty Mongolians will be taught ecologically friendly technology developed in Hokkaido. They will learn how to grow trees from seed, branch cuttings, and sprouts. In the first stage, 80 Mongolians will be enrolled in a training session in Japan, planting bushes along rivers, and aspen and pine trees along streets, supporting reforestation efforts in Japan. They will return to Mongolia as apprentice instructors.
On July 23, Japanese delegates also visited the National Garden Park, located in the Bayanzurkh District in Ulaanbaatar, and were shown the progress of its planting projects and development.
Only a few years ago, the park was only a tract of neglected and infertile land, covered with weeds and dust, but now it is occupied by the biggest garden park in the city, which has become one of the most popular destinations for Ulaanbaatar residents.
The park has a fountain 40 meters in diameter, an automated irrigation system, over ten hectares of grass-covered land, as well as an open field for outdoor activities. The park spans 960 hectares, and over 110,000 trees and bushes of 22 species, are now planted on 55 hectares of the park. The growth rate of the greenery is said to be at 93 percent.
Director of the National Garden Park, B.Saranchimeg, said, “A major project covering all 960 hectares of the park has been launched. An international tender bid for formulating [the park's] Technical and Economic Assessment has been announced. A total of 93 million USD will be spent for the park project, which will be completed in numerous, orderly stages over the next ten years.
The Ulaanbaatar City Budget will allocate only three percent of the required funding. But we haven’t put off everything, waiting for the state or city budget, and we’ve grown grass on ten hectares of land with a foreign grant-in-aid with the assistance of the United Nations Environment Programme, planted trees on three hectares, and developed Seoul Grove on 1.6 hectares of land in the park.
Green space is of great importance to Ulaanbaatar, and as the park is very close to the Tuul River -the main source of Ulaanbaatar’s water- 90 percent of the park land will be covered with trees and greenery. The park’s parking lot will be completed in two weeks. In September, lighting of 2.4 kilometers of the walking path, 2.6 kilometers of the cycling path, and the ski path will be done. Also, public toilets and a sports complex are planned for the park. These projects require 1.8 billion MNT and the state fund has budgeted for it.”
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