The general
development plan for Khankh Soum, located on the shore of Khuvsgul Lake, from
2020 to 2040 has been completed and approved.

This plan was created
following the government’s decision to develop the area around Khuvsgul Lake as
an Eco-travel and Tourism Zone in accordance with Vision-2050, long-term development
policy, and related laws and regulations.

The “New Urbanism” LLC
developed the General Development Plan for Khankh Soum in the framework of the
loan agreement between Mongolia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) with the
financing of the Sustainable Tourism Development Project of the Ministry of
Environment and Tourism from 2020-2022. The Citizens’ Representative Khural of
Khuvsgul aimag approved this plan last month. The approved plan was handed over
to the stakeholders to ensure the implementation of this plan.

The uniqueness of the
project is that it was developed for the first time as a general development
plan for a settlement area located deep in a specially protected area. Specifically,
it will become a standard tourism-based settlement plan that is developed
together with the development plan for the soum.

The plan promoted
local citizens to target receiving tourists under the local area’s natural
capacity and then develop with the vision of establishing a green settlement.
Khankh soum has a population of more than 2,800 people, 99 percent of the land
is under special protection, and the road infrastructure is poorly developed.
Yet, it locates 23 km from the border checkpoint of Mond in Russia and receives
about 12,000 travelers and tourists from northern neighbors annually.

The Sustainable
Tourism Development Project of the ADB has been implemented since the end of
2019 in Khuvsgul Lake and Onon-Balj Natural Parks. The project will be
implemented until 2025 to improve tourism infrastructure in specially protected
areas and enhance the management of waste and protected areas.