Otgontenger Strictly Protected AreaOn August 25, 2017, Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, the U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, and Dulamsuren Oyunkhorol, the Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, signed a Sister Park Arrangement between Denali National Park and Preserve and Otgontenger Strictly Protected Area in Zavkhan province, Mongolia.
Following that event was a signing of a Biennial Work Plan by Denali Deputy Superintendent Denice Swanke and Director D. Batdelger in the Otgontenger Strictly Protected Area. This Sister Park Arrangement demonstrates the committed partnership and friendship between the United States and Mongolia. The agreement commemorates the 30 year anniversary of United States-Mongolia diplomatic relations.
Swanke received an overview of the park’s resources and management issues and discussed future cooperation on park management and conservation. In addition to the National Park Service, the effort received support from the U.S. Department of State and the Mongol Ecology Center, a Mongolia-based non-governmental organization.
The Sister Park Arrangement between Denali and Otgontenger promotes cooperation between the two parks through the exchange of professional and technical knowledge and through sharing lessons learned and best practices in the administration of both protected areas.
Through professional exchanges, training opportunities, and conferences, the agreement also facilitates information sharing on a variety of topics, including national park management, enriching visitor experiences, resource conservation, and collaboration with local organizations and communities.