The Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of Chinggis Khaan, acceptance speech by D. Dorjgotov.

 

“Dear His Excellency the President
of Mongolia,

State and social
dignitaries,

Esteemed Laureates of the
Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of Chinggis Khaan, and fellow
scientists and scholars,

I would like to convey my
profound appreciation and joy that the government greatly valued my selfless
effort in the fields of geography and soil science for many years and that I
was awarded the Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of
Chinggis Khaan by the President’s decree.

The fact that the government
is presenting me with this prestigious award on behalf of hundreds of my fellow
scientists and researchers shows a high evaluation, great trust, and deep
respect for our industry at a time when science and technology are the
guarantees of long-term sustainable development of any country and the catalyst
for rapid development. I am sincerely appreciative and receive the award with profound
gratitude.

History
of the vast empire founded by Great Chinggis Khaan, who was raised in the
valley of the three rivers and the holy hearth of us Mongolians’ ancestors, the
Burkhan Khaldun, is inextricably tied to the mountains, rivers, and soil of nature.

As
it is narrated in the Secret History of the Mongols, Chinggis Khaan searched
for the best and most befitting conditions, the clearest of waters, the best of
grass, the highest of mountains, and the most spacious of steppes, to establish
the most powerful empire of nomads in the history when the world was shattering
and the wars were destructing the world. Put in modern terms, the lands
Chinggis Khaan ruled over are now our modern-day Gobi, Khangai, and the fertile
terrains of the Mongol steppes. Therefore, the specific features of those lands’
toponymy, the qualities, and features of the soil, their nutritional qualities, and their topographic and geological properties, also, occupy their own place in the
writing of the great history. And it is one of the factors, precisely, the
geographic factors have been at the focus of multi-faceted researches and
history.


The scientists of our age
have been ceaselessly working for 98 years to advance all areas of geography in
our nation as they are acutely aware that basic geographic research is the
assurance of the nation’s independence and existence and I am grateful that I
have moderately contributed over the past 60 years. I am proud of all of my
colleagues.

In collaboration with my
fellow scholars, I have developed the three editions of “The National Atlas of
Mongolia”, a scientific-graphic directory that contains comprehensive
information on the territory, administrative structure, natural-geographical
conditions, natural resources, population, history, culture, agriculture,
social and economic aspects of our country, authored dozens of books and works
on soil origin, classification, mapping, quality assessment, chemical-physical
properties, fertility, and usage, along with conducting over 50 basic research and field analysis that nearly covered the entire territory of Mongolia. I also
published major research works such as “Ecological Atlas of the Baikal Lake
basin”, and “Selenge-Baikal Lake Regional Ecological and Geographic Atlas”.

As a result of this
research, we are now able to categorize every type of soil in Mongolia in line
with the current scientific standards, refine and validate our own resource
estimation approach, and fostered the scientific knowledge to assess and
safeguard their state on an ecosystem-scale.

I want to express my sincere
gratitude to the leadership of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, the academic
staff at the Institute of Geography and Geoecology, my fellow researchers, lecturers,
and students of the National University of Mongolia, the Mongolian State
University of Education and the Mongolian University of Life Sciences and my
family for their confidence in me, cooperation, and support to complete all
these works.

Honorable Mongol state and
my dear people, I, an aged scholar, wholeheartedly urge you to respect,
cherish, and preserve the pristine Mongol land you were born to by the will of
destiny, from generation to generation to come.

May the
fruits of knowledge ever grow and our motherland Mongolia ever prosper!”