Saturday, 02 March 2013 18:15

Meeting on protection of Genghis Khan's birthplace

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Mongolia-mountain-ovoo-burkhan-khaldunA consultative meeting on protection of Burkhan Khaldun mountain, the birthplace of Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khaan - Mong.), will be held at  “Centre on Conservation of Freshwater Reserves and Nature of Mongolia” (CCFRNM) on March 1st, 2013.

The meeting will cover issues from improving environmental protection of Burkhan Khaldun to taking measures to register the mountain as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

The meeting will be attended by officials from the Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia, local governors, the Khan Khentii Strictly Protected Area and adviser to the President. Although it was temporarily banned between 1930-1995, Mongolians considered the Burkhan Khaldun mountain as sacred place and worshiped it for many generations. In 1996, third president of Mongolia, resumed the worshiping by declaring it as the public ceremony. In recent years, the Burkhan Khaldun mountain has became a busy place of travelers causing considerable environmental damage to the site.

The ceremony is usually held at the height of 2,662 meters. It is notable that the Burkhan Khaldun Mountain and Khentii mountain ranges were inseparably connected to the life of Genghis Khan.

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