Programme of the International German Alumni Summer School Mongolia 14-21 June, 2105



14th June  2015

Arrival of the participants (national and international)

15th June 2015


Official Registration & Opening Ceremony with Welcome addresses by the invited guests (Venue: Conference hall ( room-216), Building I, National University of Mongolia)

08.30 - 09.00

Registration of delegates

09.00 - 10.10




Welcome addresses :

Moderator: Prof. N. Soninkhishig, Head of Department of Biology, National University of Mongolia


·         R. Bat-Erdene, president of National University of Mongolia (NUM)

·         Prof. Renchin Tsolmon, Head of NUM-ITC-UNESCO, NUM

·         Prof. Martin Kappas, Coordinator of the German Alumni Summer School, University  of Goettingen, Germany

·         Prof. Martin Pfeiffer, DAAD Mongolia

·         Dr. Klaus Schmidt-Corsitto/Frau Ulrike Ebeling, Programme Coordinator -  GIZ Mongolia

·         Prof. Michael Walther, WWF Mongolia Programme Office

10.10 -10.30


Coffee & networking break


10.30 - 12:30









Keynote talks

Moderator: Prof. Hans D. Knapp

Keynote speakers:  Prof. Martin Kappas (University of Goettingen)

                                 Dr. Jolanta Slowik (University of Goettingen)

Plenary session 1: Landscape ecology - GIS &Remote Sensing technology for land use patterns and changes, conservation of  landscapes and biodiversity

10.30 - 11.30




·         Global change issues and the assessment of natural landscape, land covers change and biodiversity by remote sensing and GIS

       Prof. Martin Kappas

       University of Goettingen, Germany

11.30 - 12.30


·         Importance of large landscapes for biodiversity conservation

       Dr. Jolanta Slowik

       University of Goettingen, Germany


12.30 - 13.30


Lunch break


13:30 - 17:45









Keynote talks:


Moderator: Prof. Martin Kappas


Keynote speakers: Prof. Renchin. Tsolmon (NUM-ITC-UNESCO)

                                 Prof. Hans D. Knapp (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Germany)

                                 Mr. Chimed-Ochir Bazarsad (WWF Mongolia Programme Office)

                                 Prof. R.Samiya (National University of Mongolia)

                                 Dr. Daniel Karthe (Helmholtz Research Center, Germany)



13.30 - 14.30



Plenary session 2: Natural resources and protected area management

·         Curriculum development in Geoinformation for Natural Resource Management in Mongolia (Prof. Renchin Tsolmon)

14.30 - 15.30



·         Large scale natural landscapes in Mongolia under the pressure of climate change and competition for land and resources (Prof. Hans D. Knapp & Mr. Bazarsad Chimid-Ochir)

15.30 - 15.45

Coffee Break


15.45 - 16.45



·         Protection and management of large scale nature reserves in Mongolia. New methods of  data collection of rare and endangered species of Great Gobi nature reserve (Prof. R. Samiya)

16.45 - 17.45


·         Implementing IWRM in Regions of Data Scarcity: Experiences from the
Kharaa River Basin, Mongolia
  (Dr. Daniel Karthe)


17.45 - 18.15



Formal introduction of the German Alumni participants



Welcome dinner

16th June 2015




Presentations by German alumni, departmental representatives from National University of Mongolia and representatives of research institutes and government agencies, including GIZ-Mongolia and WWF-Mongolia (Venue: Room-320, Building I, National University of Mongolia)


08.30 - 12.00



Plenary session 1: Environmental Impact Assessment, Biodiversity protection and Sustainable Development, Education and research collaborations



08.30 - 09.00

Moderator: Dr. Daniel Karthe

·         Concept of  Biodiversity of protection and the sustainable use of natural resources in Northern Mongolia

Dr. Klaus Schmidt-Corsitto

Programme Coordinator, GIZ- Mongolia

09.00 - 09.30

·         An Index System of the Environmental Impact Assessment - A Safeguard Measure for the Sustainable Development of Chinese National Parks

              Prof. Zhang Deshun

              Tongji University, Shanghai ,China

09.30 - 09.45

Coffee break


09.45 - 10.30

Moderator: Prof. Martin Kappas

·         The results and perspectives of long terms Joint Russian-Mongolian Complex Biological Expedition

Prof. Yuliy Drobyshev

A.M. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, RAS, Russia

10.30 - 11.00

·         Assessing effects of law enforcement on prey-predator distribution in the steppes of Golestan National Park, Iran

              M.Sc. Arash Ghoddousi

              Biology Faculty, University of Goettingen, Germany(Alumna ? Iran)

11.00 - 11.30

·         Environment education practice in Mongolia: DAAD Alumna as a multiplier

               Dr. Renchin Sunjidmaa

               Ecological Education Center, NUM, Mongolia

11.30 - 12.00

·         Larch/Larix Sibirica. L/forest tree-ring growth responses to climate warming in surrounding forested area from Ulaanbaatar

Dr. Khishigjhargal Mookhor

Mongolian University of Life Sciences, Mongolia



Lunch break


13.00 - 16.30



Plenary session 2: Land use and land-use changes, sustainable development and local livelihoods


13.00 - 13.30

Moderator: Dr. Stefan Erasmi

·         Change detection and classification of land cover at Hustai National Park in Mongolia

               Dr. U. Bayarsaikhan

               National University of Mongolia, Mongolia

13.30 - 14.00

·         Sustainable Management of Forest Resources for improved nutrion and Health and Enhanced Livelihoods of Local Communities in Makawanpur District, Nepal

              Dr. Nirmala Joshi Pradhan

              Department of Plant Resources Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal

14.00 - 14.15

Coffee Break


14.15 - 14.45




Moderator: Dr. Jolanta Slowik

·         Livelihood enhancement of the rural poor by promoting Non Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) in Nepal

Dr. Rajendra. K.C.

Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation in Nepal

14.45 - 15.15

·         Market access for smallholder farmers in hills and plains of Nepal

              Ms. Pramila Thapa

              Chair of Development Economics Nepal

15.15 - 15.45

·         Commercialization of local knowledge amongst women

               Prof. Emilia Nercissians

              Department of Anthropology, Social Sciences Faculty, University of Tehran, Iran

15.45 - 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.00

Mobilization of the participants for group work activities


Group 1: Moderator: Dr. Daniel Karthe

                Mitigation of biodiversity loss and conflicts with land-use

Group 2: Moderator: Prof. Martin Kappas

               GIS & Remote sensing as potential methodological tools for assessing land-use

               changes and habitat quality

Group 3: Moderator: Prof. Yuliy Drobyshev

               Impacts of climate change on environment, society and economy

Group 4: Moderator: Dr. Jolanta Slowik

               Restoration of post mining areas


19.00 onwards


Dinner and open evening

17th June 2015

Presentation by German Alumni





Plenary session 1: Natural resources management, ecosystem services and functions, Geoecology/GIS studies



08.30 - 09.00

Moderator: Dr. Daniel Karthe

·         Payment for Sediment Retention: Opportunities and Challenges in Mid Marsyangdi Watershed of Nepal

M. Sc. Dev R. Gautam

Team leader, CARE-Nepal

09.00 - 09.30

·         Developing a density management diagram for Cunninghamia lanceolata stands including assessment of stand stability and crown fire potential

              Dr. Jinghui Meng

              College of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, China

09.30 - 09.45

              Coffee break

09.45 - 10.15


·         Application of GIS in terms of GIS detection permafrost features at the southern border of permafrost district in Mongolia

              Adiya Saruulzaya

              Institute of Geography & Geoecology, MAS, Mongolia

10.15 - 10.45

·         Biomonitoring in the Kharaa catchment: Results and Implications

Dr. Saulyegul Avlush

Institute of Geography & Geoecology, MAS, Mongolia

10.45 - 11.15

·         Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Snow leopard and its some preyspecies in Altai Sayan Ecoregion of Mongolia

Maral Chimed-Ochir

WWF Mongolia Programme Office

11.15 - 11.45

·         Reconstructing summer temperature variability in Western Mongolia using tree rings

Oyunmunkh Byamba

National University of Mongolia, Mongolia

11.45 - 12.00


12.00 - 13.00

Lunch break

13.00 - 16.00

Plenary session 2: Biodiversity, nature conservation and society



13.00 - 13.30

Moderator: Dr. Stefan Erasmi

·         Business and Biodiversity in India: Risks and Opportunities for mining industry influencing natural habitats, societies and livelihoods

Mr. Piyush Dhawan, MSc


13.30 - 14.00

·         Macaúba pastures as hospitable habitats for birds in a heterogeneous landscape in the Brazilian Cerrado

               Dr. Kamini Barua

               University of Goettingen, Germany (Alumna ? India)

14.00 - 14.15

Coffee break

14.15 - 14.45

·         Coming home - The return of the wild horse to Mongolia

MSc. N. Enkhsaikhan

International Takhi Group, Mongolia

14.45 - 15.15

·         The effects of forest disturbance on frugivorous birds and seed dispersal in Papuan rainforest , Indonesia

Dr. Margaretha Pangau-Adam

University of Goettingen, Germany (Alumna-Indonesia)

15.15 - 15.45

·         Endangered Przewalski's Horse Reintroduction Leads Effective Nature Conservation

MSc. Usukhjargal Dorj

Hustai National Park, Mongolia

15.45 - 16.15

·         Comparative study of  lichens in different pastures

               Dr. O. Enkhtuya

               Institute of Biology, MAS, Mongolia

16.15 - 18.30

Visit to a cultural heritage site - Natural History Museum and Photo exhibition named "Wonders of Trans-Altai Gobi desert"at the Fresh water resource and conservation center, Ministry of Environment, Green development and Tourism.

19.00 onwards

Dinner and open evening

18th - 19th June, 2015


Gorikh Terelj National Park (Overnight stay) and Hustai National Park (Day tour)

18th June, 2015

Field trip to Gorkh-Terelj National Park, Mongolia





Moderator: Dr. Lkhagvasuren Davaa

Departure from Ulaanbaatar

09.00 - 10.00

Arrival and visit to Chingais Khaan statute complex

10.30 - 12.00

Arrival and oral presentation and discussion with officers of Gorkh-Terelj National Park

12.30 - 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 - 15.30

Arrival and free at "San Juulchin" tourist camp

15.30 - 17.00

Short excursion in the National Park

17.00 - 19.00

Dinner & open evening

19th June, 2015


Field trip to Hustai National Park




Moderator: M.Sc. Usukhjargal Dorj


Departure from San Juulchin Tourist Camp

12.30 - 13.00

Arrival at Hustai National Park

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 - 15.00


Oral presentation and discussion on conservation and management of Hustai NP with officers from National Park

15.00 - 16.30


Drive to see wild horse and other wildlife



Return to Ulaanbaatar

20th June, 2015


Group-work presentations, evaluation of "Summer School", closing remarks and awarding of certificates


10.00 - 11.15


Group work presentations


11.15 - 12.00


Evaluation and closing remarks

12.00 - 13.00

Lunch break

13.00 - 14.00

Awarding of certificates and official closing of the "Summer School"

14.15 - 17.30

Visit to local cultural heritage sites - Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs



Closing dinner

21th June, 2015

Departure of delegates