The Hustain Nuruu Steppe Project
This project, which is being subsidised by the Directorate General for International Co-operation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 2004, has a duration of ten years (1993-2004). Its main objective is to establish a sound management apparatus with a qualified staff for protection, public awareness raising and research for the restoration and conservation of the original biological diversity of the Hustai National Park. The FRPH is responsible for the execution of the project and has sent an expert team to Hustai to assist MACNE with its difficult tasks.
The emphasis is mainly focused on technical and scientific assistance by means of field research training and practical nature conservation. Meanwhile some jeeps, a modern radio-communications system and other useful things could be bought.
A variety of educational material on the Przewalski horses and the National Park for local people, tourists and visitors (exhibitions, teaching material, excursions) are being developed. Inside the Park is a information centre.
Thanks to the good relations with the local population, the staff's own activities and the collaboration with local and national authorities there is no livestock inside the Park anymore. There is a fixed migration route for livestock, and the nomads are being escorted on their journey through the national park.
Environmental inspectors, appointed by the Ministry of Nature and Environment and the Central Province, assist in the struggle against illegal hunting practices and poaching.
There has never been a permanent settlement of people in Hustai. Nevertheless much has been done to compensate the local herdsmen, that used the area for seasonal pasturing. Most employees of the National Park, such as rangers and wardens, are themselves nomads.