Biosphere Reserve Information

Russian Federation

Mountainous Urals

2018

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Located in the Southern Urals, this biosphere reserve is covered with mixed coniferous and broad-leaved forests as well as mixed coniferous small-leaved forests and mountain taiga spruce-fir forests. Mountain ranges (with summits of 800 m to 1,178 m) and mountain valleys are interconnected by boulder streams. The western part of the reserve is low altitude. While the eastern part alternates between sloping mountain ridge elevations and depressions covered with lakes and deeply incised swampy valleys. About 12,000 people inhabit the site, whose main objective is to transition from extractive industries to a sustainable development model based on biological natural resource management, tourism and the rehabilitation of landscapes scarred by mining. 

Administrative Authorities

The Ministry of Ecology Chelyabinsk region

Contact

Contact Address

Telephone

The Ministry of Ecology Chelyabinsk region, St. Kirova 114; Chelyabinsk 454009, Russian Federation

(+7) 351 2646680

Fax

N/A

E-mail

Location

Latitude

55°22'35"N

Longitude

60°14'38"E

Area (hectares)

Surface Area

173,578

Core Area

17,459

Buffer Area

60,955

Transition Area

95,164

Map

Last updated: 2019

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