The UNESCO list includes park "Altyn-Emel", Karatau and Katon-Karagay biosphere reserves.
International Coordinating Council of UNESCO Program "Man and Biosphere" at a meeting in Paris decided to include in the UNESCO World Network of 23 new biosphere reserves, reports the UN News Center.
Among the objects, added to UNESCO Network - Kazakh State National Natural Park "Altyn-Emel" and Biosphere Reserve Karatau "Big Altai", which includes the Katun Biosphere Reserve in Russia and Katon-Karagay Biosphere Reserve in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also included in the list of reserves of Germany, Italy, Portugal, Japan, South Africa, Russia, Costa Rica, Denmark and other countries.
In addition, 20 nature reserves (three - in Bulgaria and 17 - in the US), voluntarily excluded from the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, at the request of the States concerned.
Biosphere reserves - are areas that are considered "living laboratory" for the study of biodiversity and on-site test different approaches to integrated management of natural resources. These reserves are often seen as examples of sustainable development.
The World Network of Biosphere Reserves is annually replenished with new objects by the decision of the International Coordinating Council, which includes representatives of the 34 Member States of UNESCO. The program "Man and Biosphere" - it is a scientific intergovernmental project to optimize the interaction of man and nature.
At present, the World Network of Biosphere Reserves already included about 700 sites located in 120 countries.