World Heritage Committee inscribes Landscapes Of Dauria on UNESCO’s World Heritage List | WWF

World Heritage Committee inscribes Landscapes Of Dauria on UNESCO’s World Heritage List



Posted on 18 July 2017
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.
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The World Heritage Committee inscribed Landscapes Of Dauria (transboundary site in Mongolia and the Russian Federation) on UNESCO’s World Heritage List at the Session of UNESCO Commission in Krakov,Poland in 7 July, 2017.     
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.    
 
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.
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