Biosphere Reserve Information

Russian Federation

Ubsunorskaya Kotlovina

1997

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This is a cluster biosphere reserve consisting of five distinct units, covering a total of 284,300 hectares next to the Mongolian border. It has similar ecological characteristics to the Uvs Nuur Basin Biosphere Reserve in Mongolia but without the large lake: wetlands, large sand massifs, scattered dry steppe, rocky mountains, high altitude forests, tundra and alpine meadows. The climate is continental. As in Mongolia, local communities (about 3,000 people in the biosphere reserve in 1997) are essentially nomadic and live from cattle breeding.


The biosphere reserve contains one of the study sites of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme for global change research. Discussions are underway to create a single transboundary biosphere reserve.

Administrative Authorities

Director of Ubsunorskaya Kotlovina Zapovednik, reporting to the Federal Committee on Natural Resources and Ecology

Contact

Contact Address

Telephone

Ubsunorskaya Kotlovina Biosphere Reserve, 144a Kalinina street, Kyzyl city, 667000 Rep of Tuva, Russian Federation

(7-39422) 53 818

Fax

 (7-39422) 53 818

E-mail

Website

Location

Latitude

49°45'00''N - 50°29'00''N

Longitude

94°23'00''E - 95°35'00''E

Area (hectares)

Surface Area

284,300

Core Area

55,800

Buffer Area

228,500

Transition Area

N/A

Map

Last updated: 2007

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