Taiwan Nonprofit TOAF Joins Mongolia’s National ‘One Billion Trees’ Movement | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese non-profit organization Tse-Xin Organic Agricultural Foundation (TOAF) is helping out in Mongolia to tackle the problem of desertification. TOAF helped establish an arboriculture operation near the nation’s capital.
At a ceremony for the tree-planting campaign, Taiwan’s representative in Mongolia, Grace Chin-ru Lo (羅靜如), and TOAF representatives met with Ulaanbaatar Deputy Mayor Tomortamoo and representatives of local voluntary organizations on Thursday 25 August. TOAF provided 280 tree planting kits at the event, which they say are a symbol of a green future in Mongolia.
According to a TOAF press release, the group’s work in Mongolia responds to President Khürelsükh’s national “One Billion Trees” movement, which aims to plant one billion trees across the country by 2030. The campaign also represents the government’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for the 21st century.
TOAF Tree Planting Manager Cheng Li-yi (程禮怡) led the TOAF delegation to Mongolia. Their goal is to help local groups establish a seven-hectare tree farm outside Ulaanbataar that will raise saplings, which will then be planted across the country over the next decade.
To comply with Mongolian regulations, the group helped found a local non-profit organization to oversee logging management. So far, they have successfully installed wells, irrigation pipes, water towers, as well as yurts and other structures to run the operation.
So far, the farm has successfully grown 1,100 sea buckthorn and 300 Siberian elm saplings. Over the next two years, TOAF hopes to expand the operation to the size of 10 football pitches, which will include a special nursery to test new species in the Mongolian climate, as well as an education center and demonstration area. to teach visitors different tree planting techniques.