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"Orkhon Trout conservation" project 

“LONG LIFE ACADEMY” NGO was established in 2015 and focuses on environmental,operates in the field of sustainable tourism and training and research.

We are committed to restoring and preserving the ecological balance of the Orkhon River, protecting and rehabilitating indigenous salmon, including lentils and game fish. The Orkhon Trout Conservation Project was launched in 2018 with the goal of initiating and organizing conservation activities.

Implementation period: 2018-2024

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Project Goal 

    In addition to protecting more than 10 species of native fish in the Orkhon River Basin, the structure and distribution of the herd are based on scientific research and estimates. The project aims to bring the basin's fish stocks back to normal levels by increasing the number of fish in the basin.

Project objectives:

  • Research

  • Fish farming

  • Wildlife reintroduction

  • Collaborate with professional research organizations

  • Establish a reference laboratory


Project activities:

   Within the framework of the project, an 8x12 fully cast building was built and put into operation in 2017-2018 using its own resources as part of the construction of a building that can be used in winter and summer for the main fish farming activities and research.


Significance of the project:

The successful implementation of this project will not only protect the environment and aquatic environment in the Orkhon River Basin, but also improve the aquatic habitat of fish, increase the resources of fish species, and restore the ability of naturally reproductive populations. Furthermore, to develop fishing and tourism based on natural resources, to involve children and youth living in other protected areas and their surrounding areas in loving the environment and wildlife, to protect fish, and to educate them properly and thus to make a significant contribution to the sustainable development of the region.

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Project activities:

Preparations for 2018-2019: Completion of fish breeding construction work, conducting research in cooperation with professional organizations, habitat depletion, and the introduction of the Brachymystax lenok fish, which is classified as “vulnerable” by regional criteria. Conduct experimental research on multiplication by methods.

In 2020-2021, based on a small fish breeding workshop near the tributary of the Orkhon River, develop the characteristics of lentil embryo development, larvae, larvae in accordance with the local conditions, study the necessary equipment and receive support from professional organizations.

     Establishment of a SMALL WORKSHOP in 2021-2022: Incubation of salmon caviar incubation, a small pond for hosting, a light microscope with a capacity of 100-1000 times the magnification, laboratory weights, etc. Fish caviar is cultured by “dry” method and placed in water.

      In 2022-2024, to establish a special WATER FUND near the natural flow of the Orkhon River (for the purpose of cultivating and protecting herds and cultures).

    In 2024, the project will be based on the establishment of a large SAMPLE LABORATORY, which will train competitive professionals in the fisheries sector, create a learning environment, improve the quality of the curriculum, improve the teaching methodology, artificially breed rare and endangered fish, There will be an opportunity to rehabilitate, supply fishermen with fitness, provide advice to children and young people on how to love and protect the environment, organize trainings, and conduct research at the level of modern science and technology.


Project location:

The Orkhon Valley National Park, the Orkhon River Basin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, and the Special Protected Areas are all based on ger camps that are officially licensed for eco-tourism.Uvurkhangai aimag, Bat-Ulzii soum, 1st bag, Tsagaan burgas elbow, “Orkhon Eco” tourist camp located on the bank of Orkhon river.

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Project rationale:

    In the Orkhon River Basin, 17 species of fish of 12 families, 4 species of amphibians, 7 species, about 70 species of mammals of 17 families and 245 species of birds were recorded. Of these, 4 species of fish, 8 species of mammals are endangered, one species of fish, 3 species of mammals are endangered, 2 species of mammals, 17 species of birds are rare, 2 species of mammals and 5 species of birds are very rare.

   Global warming and climate change, including in the Orkhon River Basin, Mongolia's largest mineral deposits  pollution of the Orkhon River by gold mining operations is affecting the basin's ecosystem, degrading the habitats of wildlife, including fish and aquatic microorganisms, and changing species composition. 

General project financing:


    The project implementer is the “Long Life Academy" non-governmental organization, the main sponsor of the project is “Orkhon Eco Tourist Camp” and international project organizations, individuals and organizations implementing projects and programs in the field of environment, green development, ecology and sustainable development. It is open to everyone.

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