Working Towards an Exportable Indigenous Heritage Management and Cultural Ranger Program in the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia.
The creation of an exportable indigenous heritage management program for developing nations responds to a growing concern about the rapid effects of globalization and industrialization on the natural and cultural landscape. In 2010 an international partnership was formed between the Mongolian Institute of Archaeology, Denver Zoo, Anza-Borrego Foundation, and California State Parks with the goal of establishing a cultural heritage management program in the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve in the Northern Gobi region of Mongolia. Baseline resource assessment conducted by this cooperation was completed in 2014. This cooperation has produced a Cultural Ranger pilot program that provides funding, equipment, and a standard archaeological methodology for recording and monitoring cultural resources. The program utilizes a model of stewardship based on the California Archaeological Site Stewardship Program. The ranger is hired from one of the reserves local nomad families and has been charged with protecting the rich Cultural Landscape found in Ikh Nart. This program is designed to be copied and exported to any of the other protected areas within Mongolia allowing the Institute of Archaeology to establish management programs throughout the country in the future.
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Working Towards an Exportable Indigenous Heritage Management and Cultural Ranger Program in the Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia.. Patrick Hadel, Dr. Terendagva Yadmaa, Dr. Joan Schnieder, Jennifer Farquhar. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397924)