Minutes of meeting of Preparatory Committee for Earth College in Mongolia Agenda: Establishment of Earth College for practical environment education network in Mongolia A meeting of the preparatory committee to set up the Earth College in Mongolia was held to discuss the project plan. Date: 06 March, 2010 Time: 16:30 to 18:30 hrs Place: Ulaanbaatar Attendees 1. Batbayar Ulziidelger 2. Tsuji Hideyuki 3. Temuulen Adiya 4. Naranjargal Battumur 5. Bayarkhuu.G 6. other Total: 6 Issues discussed 1. The meeting discussed the project work plan and progress 2. This was followed by discussions about river environmental education and its importance for Mongolia. It was mentioned that environmental conservation education is very important for the future growth of Mongolia. The wate in the country's rivers is getting reduced and polluted by desertification and mining. Large quantities of river water are being used for metal extraction using outdated mining techniques. River water is also getting polluted by dumping of urban and industrial waste. Shortage of water is becoming a major problem. There is a urgent need for environmental regulation to protect the river water from pollution. The capital city Ulaanbaatar is also affected by the shortage and pollution of water. It is important to protect the immediate environment of the rivers. Practical environmental education is therefore important in schools. 3. The participants also exchanged opinions on environmental education for children. 4. Views were also expressed on establishing the Earth College. It was mentioned that it could be established in Ulaanbaatar. It was mentioned that the Oruhon River is important for the people of Ulaanbaatar and joins the Selenge River which flows into Lake Baikal in Russia. Therefore learning how to protect the Oruhon will also benefit Lake Baikal.
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