Kazakhstan’s decision to stop the export of Saiga horn until 2020, or until the Saiga population in Kazakhstan reaches 200,000 individuals, is expected to increase the level of illegal smuggling of saiga horn from Mongolia to China in the coming years.
This project led by WWF Mongolia’s Batkhuyag Baldangombo aimed to build capacity to prevent transboundary trade of saiga derivatives in the western parts on Mongolia and China. The project was funded by the USFWS and supported by the SCA.
The projects key aims were to coordinate a meeting of CITES China and CITES Mongolia with the aim of establishing a MoU, deliver practical training for customs inspectors at priority border points for effective control saiga parts trade, and to prepare and publish bi-lingual saiga leaflets and posters.
The MoU between China and Mongloia was recently signed and as a direct result of the project it included provisions for transboundary wildlife conservation!
Batkhuyag said that: “the project has supported important steps toward the joint efforts in stopping illegal trade of saiga horn between China and Mongolia”.