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Prof. Dr. Richard P. Reading, gave a talk to GMIT students on environmental conservation

Nalaikh (GMIT Campus), 28.11.2019 Prof. Dr. Richard P. Reading, a graduate of Yale University and professor at University of Denver and Colorado State University, gave a talk to GMIT students on environmental conservation in Mongolia.

After addressing the key challenges (lack of staff capacity, large livestock numbers, mining, illegal trade in wildlife products), Prof. Reading explained that the populations of some Mongolian animals (e.g.armots, red deer) have reduced by 95% to 98% percent over the past few decades. He pointed out that for some animal species, Mongolia has the largest remaining populations in the world, making their conservation a atter of global importance. Prof. Reading in he past co-founded Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in Mongolia, which is now managed by one of his former students. This example can also serve inspiration for GMIT: training experts in environmental engineering is of huge importance for the preservation and restoration of Mongolia's unique environment in the future.