| Share facebook twitter | RSS

Ambassador report

Ambassador report

[Ambassador report] Khuvsgul lake: The underrated blue pearl

by Tsengelmaa Nyamdorj | 09-11-2019 22:05 Comments 6 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

High levels of plastic pollution, illegal poaching of endangered animals, over-fishing, and toxic run-off from mining sites in a 100 km radius are continuously ruining 1% of the world's freshwater.
It might sound small and insignificant, but that 1% is the second biggest lake in Asia, supporting 46 rivers and streams. Lake Khuvsgul contains 96.7% of Mongolian surface freshwater which sustains many local animals, plants, and cultural assets of the Altai region. Even though Khuvsgul is famous for its water visibility as the “Blue Pearl of Mongolia” which is up to 22.9 m in the middle, due to recent mass tourism and mining activities, it has become 14.3 m near the shore. 
To raise awareness of the cultural and environmental value of the lake, 60 local and international activists have joined their voice for 2 weeks long campaign in July 2019. The event was a huge success considering local media coverage and exposure. However, the main campaign to apply Khuvsgul lake and its surrounding area to the UNESCO World Heritage had been denied once again.
In 2015, the first initial request to UNESCO was turned down because Khuvsgul Lake “lacked uniqueness”: being too similar to Baikal lake. While in reality, Khuvsgul is home to a variety of wildlife animals (ibex, argali, elk, wolves, musk deer, brown bear, Siberian moose, sable), religious rituals (Shamanism) and cultural events (Ice festival) of Mongolian northern tribes.
So, despite constant threats to this peculiar, indigenous ecology, international organizations are still degrading the importance of Khuvsgul lake. Thus, I wanted to share the story of Khuvsgul with my fellow Tunza Eco-gens. The fairy tale in Ariel needs to happen to Khuvsgul so that many lives can be saved from the hands of humans. 

Lake Khuvsgul Lake Khuvsgul


Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello tsengelmaa

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Khuvsgul lake: The underrated blue pearl

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 13-11-2019 19:15

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa

    Thank you for the information about Khuvagul lake. At the first glance to the pictures, I'm very surprised by the clarity of the water. I can't imagine how it had been before the pollution. By looking at the pictures and knowing about its impact to surrounding nature, I agree with the importance of the lake. It's unfortunate about the registration issue from UNESCO, but I'm sure that more and more people will get to know the river and become aware of the importance of preserving it.

    Again, thank you for the great report, and I hope to visit the lake someday!
    Posted 11-11-2019 23:54

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :

    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    it's Lisa your mentor:)

    I did not know anything about Lake Khuvsgul!
    Looking at the pictures that you have posted, I can see why it's called the 'Blue Pearl of Mongolia'.

    It's a sad thing that the UNESCO rejected its registration as the World Heritage, yet I think UNESCO isn't the single organization that could declare and recognize the value of the river. The local community, as well as Mongolia as a nation itself, could still let its people know of the values so that people can protect it. Also, sharing stories on different platforms like you did for this report is other great way to let the world know of this Blue Pearl!!

    Thanks for the great report and keep up the green work:)
    Posted 11-11-2019 18:50

Eco Generation

  • Eco Generation says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,

    Thank you for informing us about Lake Khuvsgul.
    We shared your report at our facebook page at:

    Keep up the great work! :)
    Posted 11-11-2019 11:45

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hello Tsengelmaa,
    I do hope you are fine there and doing great with your works,
    This picture really seems to be so much fascinating,
    Hope the concerned authority gives its keen focus on this matter,



    Posted 11-11-2019 01:47

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello tsengelmaa
    I hope you are fine

    Khuvagul lake seems to be very much fascinating. Good to see this wonderful pictures.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful report. I hope this lake gets a special attention.
    Green cheers,

    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 10-11-2019 10:31

Post a comment

Please sign in