The Western Caucasus, extending over 275,000 ha of the extreme western end of the Caucasus mountains and located 50 km north-east of the Black Sea, is one of the few large mountain areas of Europe that has not experienced significant human impact. Its subalpine and alpine pastures have only been grazed by wild animals, and its extensive tracts of undisturbed mountain forests, extending from the lowlands to the subalpine zone, are unique in Europe. The site has a great diversity of ecosystems, with important endemic plants and wildlife, and is the place of origin and reintroduction of the mountain subspecies of the European bison.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

6 sites in this World Heritage

  • Kavkazkiy Nature Reserve
  • Buffer zone of the Kavkazkiy Nature Reserve
  • Bolshoy Thach Nature Park
  • Ridge Buijnij Nature Monument
  • River Tsitsa headwaters Nature Monument
  • Headwaters of Rivers Pshecha and Pshechashcha Nature Monument

Kavkazkiy Nature Reserve

Buffer zone of the Kavkazkiy Nature Reserve

Bolshoy Thach Nature Park

Ridge Buijnij Nature Monument

River Tsitsa headwaters Nature Monument

Headwaters of Rivers Pshecha and Pshechashcha Nature Monument

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DATA

Region
Europe
Country
Russian Federation 
Category
Natural
Name
Western Caucasus
Selection Criteria (?)
(ix)(x)
Year of Registered
1999
Keyword
Mountain, Registered in 1999, Wildlife