World Heritage Committee inscribes Landscapes Of Dauria on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
Shared between Mongolia and the Russian Federation, this site is an outstanding example of the Daurian Steppe eco-region, which extends from eastern Mongolia into Russian Siberia and north-eastern China. The different types of steppe represented, such as grassland and forest, as well as lakes and wetlands serve as habitats for rare species of fauna, such as the white-naped crane and the great bustard, as well as millions of vulnerable, endangered or threatened migratory birds. It is also a critical site on the migration path for the Mongolian gazelle.
The Landscapes of Dauria was nominated in 2014 as a contiguous transnational property, shared between Mongolia and the Russian Federation. The nominated property was evaluated by IUCN and considered by the World Heritage Committee as its 39th session in 2015.
In Mongolia, the two strictly protected core zones of the Mongol Daguur Special Protected Area (SPA) as well as a large part of its buffer zone included within the nominated area. An additional 46,160 ha including forest steppe ecosystems has been added in the form of Ugtam Nature Refuge (NR), located primarily on the right bank of the Uldza River. Also in Mongolia, the Chuh Nuur (lake) and the surrounding areas have been added to the listed area.