How mining is destroying nature in Mongolia

Mongolia is a large country with a considerable number of undeveloped mines. Various international companies have already begun active work on mining gold, copper, and coal.

It is assumed that such work can bring a considerable income to the country, provide many jobs and improve the population's well-being as a whole. But, such actions have another side of the coin.

Mining in Mongolia is practically not regulated by local authorities. It leads to gross errors in the production itself, waste storage, and much more. For example, residents complain that the level of water and air pollution has increased dramatically in the mountains of the Gobi Altai due to the activity of the Tayan-Nuur iron ore mine. According to local experts, this leads to environmental degradation in the country and the destruction of various animal species that live in this region. If the mining company does not begin to adhere to elementary rules, this could lead to an environmental disaster.

Local activists apply to various regulatory bodies but receive only threats in response. Thus, the mining company Altain Huder responds to criticism with intimidation, and the EBRD is not doing enough to protect reindeer herders' rights.

It is worth noting that the European Bank finances the development of this mine for Reconstruction and Development. Therefore, activists have hoped to reach out to their colleagues in Europe. 

Marcel Sanders