UNESCO to conduct events supporting Silk Road Heritage sites…
Tanbaly archaeological site opens tourist zone with Bronze Age petroglyphs…
International Mountain Day, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2003 and celebrated on 11 December, highlights the importance of mountains to life on Earth. The theme for 2017, “Mountains under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration”, draws our attention to some of the most critical challenges that mountains and people living in mountain areas are currently facing. It also reiterates roles that the World Heritage Convention is fulfilling in order to safeguard mountain protected areas, as well as to strengthen resilience of mountain peoples to overcome these challenges.
In the face of impacts of climate change, the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of World Heritage mountain sites are increasingly at risk. The IUCN World Heritage Outlook 2 highlights climate change as the fastest-growing threat to natural World Heritage. At least a quarter of all natural sites are already facing the consequences of climate change.
Our postcard this week offers a glimpse into the distant past, with prehistoric images in the Kazakh region of Almaty.
Stunning rock carvings or petroglyphs can be found at Tanbaly (sometimes written as Tamgaly), about 170 kilometres northwest of Almaty city.
Euronews’ Seamus Kearney reported: “More than 5,000 different petroglyphs were discovered by an archaeological team in 1957.
“And in 2004 the entire site, including five different locations, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.”
Rinat Sharipov, a Tanbaly petroglyphs researcher, told Postcards: “Generally we can see petroglyphs with images of animals and people with heads that resemble the sun.
“A lot of the carvings date back to the Bronze Age, between the 14th and 12th centuries BC.”
The sacred images – together with altars, cult locations and burial grounds – are testament to the ancient way of life on the steppes of Central Asia.
Korgalzhyn eco-tours provide authentic and affordable travel experience.
ASTANA – The Korgalzhyn Nature Reserve, one of Kazakhstan’s major attractions, occupies almost 550,000 hectares in two regions about 130 kilometres southwest of the capital. It is included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage List.
The vast lands of the reserve provide the necessary living space for Asia’s largest population of water birds. The wildlife community consists of more than 60 rare species of plants and animals, including flamingos and the Shrenk wild tulip, listed in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red Book. The pink birds come to this northernmost part of the world once a year and as a result, it has become a desirable tourist destination.
The Pana (Shelter) Guest House in Korgalzhyn village has operated since 2007.
The size of Western Europe, but with scarcely a person in sight, the extensive wildernesses and cultural sites of Kazakhstan demand thorough exploration.
The size of Western Europe, but with scarcely a person in sight, the extensive wildernesses and quirky cultural sites of Kazakhstan demand thorough exploration.
Kazakhstan, a former Soviet Republic, is a vast and rarely explored expanse on the map, south of Russia and to the west of China. Many of us have only even heard of the country thanks to Borat, but the view that film created was incomplete and highly controversial. There’s far more to Kazakhstan than you might expect.
The southeast of Kazakhstan is the country’s tourism sweet spot, with the Altyn Emel National Park, Charyn Canyon, Shymbulak, and Kaindy Lake all surrounding the former capital of Almaty.
Steppes, lakes, mountains, the ancient Silk Route, Timurid Empire sites, and rock carvings are all part of the heritage of the nation of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan, officially known as the Republic of Kazakhstan, is the largest landlocked country in the world situated in eastern part of Europe and Central Asia. It covers an area of approximately 1.1 million square miles making it the ninth largest country in the world with a population of 18 million. Kazakhstan is endowed with a number of cultural and natural wonders which, over the years, have been designated by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The list of such sites is provided below:
UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Kazakhstan
Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor Of The Silk Road Routes
The Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor is approximately 3106 miles long and spans through three countries China, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
ASTANA. KAZINFORM Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Imangali Tasmagambetov met with Director General of the UNESCO Irina Bokova in Paris for discussing priority areas of Kazakhstan-UNESCO interaction. At the meeting, Tasmagambetov expressed gratitude to the UNESCO for constant support of Kazakhstan in implementation of its initiatives outlined within the UNESCO and the UN as a whole.
He reminded about the visit of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev to the UNESCO Headquarters during the 38th session of the Organization’s General Conference. In his speech, the Head of State initiated to establish Category II International Center for Cultures Rapprochement under the UN aegis. The Center could provide significant support in implementation of the projects during the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
Korgalzhyn, is Kazakhstan’s first biosphere reserve. Situated in the north central part of Kazakhstan, the site is a complex of freshwater and saline lakes embedded in the dry steppe zone of Eurasia. Environmental degradation caused by previously unsustainable management practices are now being addressed with a number of pilot projects.
Declaration date: 2012
Administrative authorities: Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve
Surface area: 1,603,171 ha
Core area(s): 543, 171 ha
Buffer zone(s): 90,000 ha
Transition area(s): 970,000 ha
Latitude: 49°54’N – 50°59’N
Longitude: 67°53’E – 71°01’E
Central point: 50º05’41″N – 69º12’09″E
The territory is characterized by elevated plains, hills, lake depressions and marked by an extreme-continental climate.
Korgalzhyn Biosphere Reserve is a natural complex of fresh and saline waters with coastal territories which include unique landscapes characteristics of the dry steppe zone of Eurasia. This makes it an important wetland site for migratory water birds. Potential fodder reserves of only one Tengiz lake are able to provide food for 15 million birds. The most Northern nesting population of Flamingo is located here; its population in some years may reach 50,000-60,000 birds.