On June 16，Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) held a seminar on the theme of Research on Ecological Security Assessment and Countermeasures along the China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor in the Belt and Road Region (CMRC Project). The meeting introduced the CMRC research and discussed the 2020 work plan. A total of 18 participants, including ANSO Secretariat and major partners from China, Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan attended the meeting.
Russian Representatives attending the meeting
During the epidemic prevention and control period, the meeting was conducted online. Prof. Zhibin Zhang, President of International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) and Project leader of CMRC chaired the meeting. Prof. Jinghua Cao, Executive Director of ANSO Secretariat, delivered a speech on the topic of “Promoting International Cooperation in Science and Innovation for Global Benefits” and comprehensively introduced ANSO and its recent achievements. Dr. Yan Xie, Chief Scientist of International Alliance of Protected Areas (IAPA) introduced the CMRC Project. Then, all participants discussed and reached an agreement on the work plan in 2020.
The CMRC Project is funded by ANSO and ISZS, to carry out ecological monitoring and biosafety assessment research along the CMRC in the B&R region. The project will be led by ISZS, cooperating with the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOZ/CAS), IAPA and its related protected area member organizations (including China, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan) and relevant institutions of the Russian, Mongolian, and Kazakhstan Academy of Sciences. The project will complete the historical data collection and field survey of some large mammals, birds, small mammals and their borne diseases in key areas of the CMRC within 3 years (2020-2022). Major activities include conducting survey and ecological risk assessment, establishing the ecological baseline information database of the CMRC, analyzing the potential impact of climate change and human activities on its ecological environment and ecological risks, proposing ecological conservation and risk prevention countermeasures and recommendations, establishing ecological monitoring and assessment systems, improving local ecological monitoring capabilities, and promoting the development philosophy and spirit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and escorting B&R green development.
Project Site: China-Mongolia-Russia Corridor of BRI
According to the overall plan of the project, participants jointly formulated the short-term tasks:
1. Develop the species list and data sheet (species name, abundance, site, date) to be collected by each country and the timeline of submission；
2. Develop the field survey plan in the Daur Region including survey location, timeline, personnel, survey content and budget, etc.
3. Establish a partnership with protected areas along the CMRC and invite them to participate in the project;
4. Review the current status of transboundary cooperation in the Daur region and others, action plan should be formulated by the project to promote more cooperation.