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Contact: Katherine Belcher, (907) 683.9583On 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 our two nations as we commemorate 30 years of United States-Mongolia diplomatic relations this year.
Swanke arrived in Mongolia late last month to receive an overview of the park’s resources and management issues and to discuss future cooperation on park management and conservation. In addition to the National Park Service, the effort has been supported by 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 will promote 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.