Ulanbaatar, November 30, 2010 — The Asia Foundation in Mongolia today launched a new environment program called “Engaging Stakeholders for Environmental Conservation” (ESEC). This three-year program will engage stakeholders and citizens to directly address the development of Mongolia’s mineral sector and key challenges the country is facing in protecting its natural resources from the adverse effects of industrialization and climate change
At the ESEC launch event in Ulanbaatar, opening remarks were given by officials from the Office of the President and government partners; Country Representative of The Asia Foundation in Mongolia Meloney C. Lindberg; and, Attache to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Tjalling Halbertsma.
The Foundation’s ESEC program aims to advance responsible mining with the help of key government partners, including the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism; Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy; and, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. ESEC also will continue to support the Responsible Mining Initiative for Sustainable Development (RMI) and Mongolian Nature Protection Civil Movements Coalition (MNPCMC).
The program is supported generously by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; and The Asia Foundation.