Russia’s first transboundary biosphere reserve UNESCO established in Altai
Katunskiy biosphere reserve
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MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Cross-border reserve “Great Altai”, created on the basis of Katunskiy biosphere reserve from Russian side and the Katon-Karagai national Park from Kazakhstan, became the first such security territory of UNESCO for both countries. About it reports a press-service of the Ministry of natural resources.
“The international Advisory Committee at the Secretariat of the UNESCO Programme “Man and biosphere” approved the project of creation of the transboundary biosphere reserve “Great Altai” on the basis of Katunskiy biosphere reserve (Russia) and Katon-Karagaisky national Park (Kazakhstan). This is the first and for Russia and Kazakhstan secured area of such high international status”, – stated in the message.
Documents on creation of the biosphere reserve in the Altai Republic submitted to UNESCO
“Great Altai” is located within the boundaries of the Republic of Altai and East Kazakhstan region . Its area exceeds 1.5 million hectares. the Reserve extends to the intact economic activities of the territories within its boundaries live 89 54 rare and endemic species of plants, 47 species of birds and 12 species of mammals listed in the Red books of Russia and Kazakhstan. The development of environmental activities in the “Big Altai” will be based on achieving a balance between nature conservation and local community development.
The design of a transboundary biosphere reserve took over three years. The governments of Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on its establishment on 15 September 2011. In 2013 established a joint Commission for the implementation of this agreement, which is a coordinating body of management of the reserve.
The world network of UNESCO biosphere reserves in end 2016 totaled 669 territories in over 120 countries, including 16 of transboundary biosphere reserves.
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