Sirin A., Minayeva T., Gunin P.,Dugardjav Ch.,Bazha S., Bayasgalan D., Dorofeyuk N.,Sulerzhitsky L., Uspenskaya O.,
Proceedings of the 14th International Peat Congress
central-asia, desertification, highland, mongolia, peatlands
Theme V. Restoration, rehabilitation and after-use of disturbed peatlands
Mongolia is highly elevated country with dominating dry climate and peatlands were not recognized
as specific ecosystems there. Our studies found that peatlands cover 27 thousand sq.
km or over 1.7% of the country, and data collected demonstrate their dramatically changes
during the recent times. Especially peatlands of steppe and forest steppe zone, originated under
more favorable climatic conditions in the past are degrading progressively during the last
decades. The climate driven desertification of mires is strongly supported by over-pasturing,
and wise of peatlands could serve as a key measure for their adaptation to climate change.