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Oyu Tolgoi LLC engaged Sustainability to design a long-term cultural heritage program (CHP) for Oyu Tolgoi and the South Gobi region. The program commenced in 2010 and was completed in 2011. The objective was “to mitigate and manage cultural heritage threats associated with the OT project, monitor and understand culture change, pursue opportunities for cultural heritage promotion and preservation, and encourage and support non-profit, for-profit, and public-sector opportunities in the field of cultural heritage in the process”.

The CHP design consultancy was conducted in two phases: the first was to develop a cultural heritage baseline and gap analysis for the South Gobi province, and the second to develop the CHP and implementation plan. Sustainability partnered with The Institute of Archaeology in Mongolia, The Mongolian Academy of Sciences, SRI, and University of Arizona to deliver the work.

Deliverables included:

  • Phase 1 report: “Protecting the Past, Preserving the Present: Report on Phase 1 Activities of the Oyu Tolgoi Cultural Heritage Program”; and
  • Cultural Heritage Program Design (years 1-5).