ULAN BATOR, April 21 (Xinhua) -- The Asia Foundation will provide technological and financial assistance to help protect the fragile environment of Mongolia, local media reported on Thursday.
A mutual memorandum of understanding was signed on Wednesday by the representative of Asia Foundation to Mongolia Meloney C. Lindberg and Mongolian Deputy Minister of Environment and Nature L. Jargalsaikhan, which was aimed at "increasing sides' participation in nature protection."
Under the memorandum, the Asia Foundation will help create a possibility to control over water quality, and improving the methods of nature environment control and analyses. Nature inspectors and protectors will also be trained to obtain skills in fighting illegal mining in countryside which contributes to the desertification of pasture.
Some departments in the ministry, such as the national agency of meteorology, hydrology and environment monitoring and the water authority in particular, will receive technical and financial help until 2013.
In addition, according to the reports, the water and soil analysis methods are expected to be introduced, new equipment will be given and a quality of environmental impact assessment will go up.
Mongolia is a landlocked country with a droughty climate. With the development of the mining sector and urbanization, the country's environment is becoming increasingly damaged.
At present, most of its territory is becoming desertification on different degrees, and Mongolia faces a severe situation in solving the troublesome environmental problem.
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