The Uvs Nuur Basin (1,068,853 ha), is the northernmost of the enclosed basins of Central Asia. It takes its name from Uvs Nuur Lake, a large, shallow and very saline lake, important for migrating birds, waterfowl and seabirds. The site is made up of twelve protected areas representing the major biomes of eastern Eurasia. The steppe ecosystem supports a rich diversity of birds and the desert is home to a number of rare gerbil, jerboas and the marbled polecat. The mountains are an important refuge for the globally endangered snow leopard, mountain sheep (argali) and the Asiatic ibex.

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12 sites in this World Heritage

  • Mongun Taiga
  • Ubsu-Nur
  • Oroku-Shinaa
  • Aryskannyg
  • Jamaalyg
  • Tsugeer els
  • Ular
  • Tsagan shuvuut
  • Turgen
  • Uvs Lake
  • Altan els
  • Tes River

DATA

Region
Europe,Asia and the Pacific
Country
Mongolia Russian Federation 
Category
Natural
Name
Uvs Nuur Basin
Selection Criteria (?)
(ix)(x)
Year of Registered
2003
Keyword
Registered in 2003