Mongolia River Outfitters and Fish Mongolia’s Commitment to Decrease Carbon Footprint
In Mongolia, the appreciation of nature’s beauty and the protection of nature is a traditional mentality as old as the first nomadic pastoralist. Both urban and rural Mongolians from a young age learn the beauty of nomadic life and nature. Every new generation of Mongolians learns that we are part of nature and that human action is included in it and under the protection of Tengri (Sky). It is essential to keep balance and never take more than human needs, and even pastoral animals like goats or yaks can damage nature. The nomads believe that nature needs time to heal itself. That is why when land, water and animals are threatened, nomads feel like it is threatening them as well.
In the 1987 the People’s Republic of Mongolia established its own environmental agency. Since the 1990s, the Democratic Republic of Mongolia has continued the work of the previous regime and established the Ministry of Environment and has continuously worked to develop – and protect – numerous national parks in Mongolia.
Mongolia River Outfitters has worked closely with the Mongolian Ministry of Environment since its inception, working alongside the local communities to protect the watersheds, forests, and grasslands around the rivers we manage. As part of these conservation efforts, we continue each year to limit our carbon footprint.
All of MRO/FM’s wilderness camps are designed with minimal impact to the surrounding area. They are set up far removed from roads, electricity poles, noise, and are difficult to access. Each camp is temporary, with no permanent infrastructure and therefore leaving no more impact on the area than a traditional nomadic herding family would.
There is no electricity, generator noise and corresponding fuel consumption. The heating also comes from a traditional stove and uses local fuel like animal dung and wood. The toilets are long-drop style, allowing for natural decomposition with the help of bacteria. Showers are provided in a small ger with hot water using portable showers. All trash is separated.
We limit our guest numbers each season, both to minimize impacts to the taimen fishery as well as to the landscape.
MRO/FM prepares over 14,000 individual meals each year. Our chefs purchase most dairy, eggs, meat, and honey from local nomadic families. However, much of our fresh produces has historically come from the capital city. Starting in 2020 we have begun working with the local communities to develop farm-to-table programs to grow basic fresh produce, as a means to diversify local economics, improve nutrition, and limit the carbon footprint from transporting goods.
The remote rivers we operate on in Mongolia are difficult to reach, so using airplanes, trucks, and/or SUVs are unavoidable. However, vehicles are only used to transport guests and supplies to/from the river. Once on the river, people and equipment are moved from camp to camp primarily by boat, without use of motors.
In addition, MRO/FM has begun implementing additional fees (built into our trip costs) for International guests using air travel to get to/from Mongolia so we can invest both into local and international organizations in mitigating climate change and carbon footprint.
Please contact us to learn more about fly fishing for taimen in Mongolia.