Biosphere Reserve Information

Kazakhstan

Barsakelmes

2016

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The Barsakelmes Biosphere Reserve is located in the Sahara-Gobi Desert zone of the Aral Sea basin. The Aral Sea region is a priority area for wetland conservation, with several bird migration routes converging over the region. The territory of the proposed biosphere reserve is a valuable site for the preservation of biodiversity in the Aral Sea, which includes approximately 2,000 species of invertebrates, 30 mammal species, 178 bird species and 20 reptile species. The reserve also encompasses four archaeological sites that form part of the nomadic Kazakh heritage of the Silk Roads.

Administrative Authorities

Barsakelmes State Nature Reserve

Contact

Contact Address

Telephone

Barsakelmes Biosphere Reserve, 1 Zh. Alimbetov Str., Aralsk 120100, KAZAKHSTAN

(+7 724) 33 22231

Fax

N/A

E-mail

Location

Latitude

45°28'00''N - 46°12'00''N

Longitude

59°36'00''E - 61°22'00''E

Area (hectares)

Surface Area

407,135

Core Area

160,826

Buffer Area

46,309

Transition Area

200,000

Map

Last updated: 2016

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