Oria Jamar de Bolsée
Having just graduated as a Geographer from Royal Holloway University of London, Oria spent three months working as an intern for a WWF project in Onon-Balj National Park. Onon-Balj was established as a National Park (NP) in 2000. It is at the boundary of two large ecosystems of central Asia: the Siberian boreal coniferous forest and the Daurian steppe. The resulting environments are unique and contain a diverse and rich wildlife. These ecosystems hold an important biodiversity but are fragile and require close attention in order to be preserved.
What Oria says:
“People often ask me ‘why Mongolia’? I find Mongolia fascinating for many different reasons. The country, for example, is probably one of the last real wildernesses of the world. I was particularly interested to live from the inside the challenges Mongolia faces in the 21st century. To experience it through the work of an NGO such as WWF-Mongolia was particularly attractive. Another question I was frequently asked was “why did you choose to come to Mongolia during the winter?” As soon as I heard that there was an opportunity for me to contribute to the conservation work in Onon-Balj National Park, I did not hesitate. I would not have missed such a chance. As for the tough climatic conditions, I simply considered them as a challenge!”
“Think about NGO opportunities across the world! And get stuck in! The team I worked in was very much involved in local activities and competitions. During my time there, we participated in the singing competition, the ice and snow festival, and the Dornod sports competition. Such activities are very important in building strong relationships between the different members of the community. Moreover, it helps to raise the Public Awareness of the Park and its Conservation programmes.”
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