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Uvs Nuur Basin

Uvs Nuur Basin
The Uvs Nuur Basin covers a range of diverse ecosystems within the closed catchment of the saline Uvs Nuur lake system. Uvs Nuur is an 'inland sea', that is frequented by a range of seabirds even though the nearest ocean is 3,000km away. It is almost circular and 70km in diameter.

The surrounding area consists of steppes, mountains, forests, wetland and deserts. It supports a variety in birds, both resident waterfowl and migrating birds. Mammals include snow leopard, mountain sheep (argali), marbled polecat and the Asiatic ibex.

This serial nomination consists of 12 strictly protected areas. It lies partly in Tuva (Russian Federation) and Mongolia. The site is inhabited by semi-nomadic pastoralists.


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Site info

Uvs Nuur Basin
Country: Mongolia Russia
Inscribed: 2003
Natural Heritage
Criteria:  (9) (10)
Category: Natural landscape, River / Lake

Site history:
2003 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription
Bureau - Has potential for nomination but make smaller and develop Management plan for crossborder cooperation

Site links

Official website:
»Ubsunur Hollow Biosphere Reserve

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Related links:
» Greenpeace on Uvs Nuur Basin.

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Getting there

This WHS has 12 location(s).


Petroglyphs .
Animal Migrations . Bears . Boreal Forest . Critically endangered fauna species . Dunes . Endorheic Lakes . Inselbergs . Otters . Salt Flats . Snow leopard . Steppe . Strict Nature Reserve .
Glaciers . Individual Lakes . River deltas . Siberia .
Human Activity
Natural sites with indigenous human population . Pastoralism .
First inscriptions .
WHS on Other Lists
Ramsar Wetlands . World Biosphere Reserves .
World Heritage Process
Slow Starters .

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