A Mongolian man cutting up firewood near the Altansumber Forest.
Oyuntugs, a volunteer ranger and member of the Altansumber Forest User Group, rides her horse through the forest.
Larch trees in the Altansumber Forest.
Olonbat, leader of the Khargistai-Bayanburd Forest User Group talks to other members after a meeting discussing the local forest plan.
Members of the Altansumber Forest User Group, during a meeting reviewing their business plan.
Dashzeveg Tserendeleg (left), National Project Coordinator and Ganbold (right) FAO Field Facilitator in a timber yard in the town of Darkhan.
Signing ceremony between governor (left) of local soum center and Khargistai-Bayanburd Forest User Group (right) at the Tsagaanur soumcenter.
A member of the Khargistai-Bayanburd Forest User Group at the Tsagaanur soumcenter.
Members of the Khargistai-Bayanburd Forest User Group cutting up trees before loading them on to vehicles.
A member of the Dundat-Urguu Forest user group using a chainsaw to cut a tree trunk.
Members of the Khargistai-Bayanburd Forest User Group moving felled tress.
Members of the Khargistai-Bayanburd Forest User Group collect tree branches from the forest.
Members of the Altansumber Forest User Group, prepare to store vegetables underground.
Berries on sale in a local market in the town of Darkhan.
Local women preparing food outside a traditional Mongolian yurt and local people, near the Altansumber Forest.
Mongolia. November, 2011
From Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations news article:
“A UN Food and Agriculture Organization programme that helps local communities in Mongolia protect their forests is being seen as a model for regional action, as an Asia-Pacific forestry event gets underway in Beijing.
The Participatory Forest Management project has effectively stopped illegal logging and forest fires in 15 pilot districts since it began in 2007, and is set to go nationwide when the pilot programme ends in January 2012.
With funding from the government of the Netherlands, the project is helping Mongolians learn techniques to preserve the forest resources that are crucial to their well-being.
Community involvement in forestry management is one of the methods being touted during the 7-11 November Asia-Pacific Forestry Week event, which is organized in part by FAO. The event is anchored around the 24th Session of the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission (APFC), comprised of 33 countries in the region.”