Fortunately for me on this busy day, my friends at the World Bank have forwarded me a link to a feature on their site about the Bogd Khan Uul Strictly Protected Area (SPA) in Mongolia (yes, I realize Mongolia is not China, but it’s close enough). It turns out that “strictly protected” has a rather less absolute meaning in Mongolian than in English. Private homes for the wealthy, ski resorts, and accommodations for holiday makers are sprouting up in “the oldest continuously protected area in Mongolia and possibly the world, being first established in 1778.”
Here’s a video that accompanies the World Bank Report, but please go to their site to read more:
The prospects don’t look good for this area, but the World Bank hasn’t given up hope yet. Good luck to them, and good luck to all Monoglians who support the protection of an important part of their national and natural heritage.