Kazakhstan National Committee "Man and Biosphere"

Meeting on the nomination of Ustyurt reserve for the status of a World Natural Heritage Site was held on December 11 in the city of Aktau. During the work the reports of the initiative group, headed by Telman Dietrich (NABU), on the criteria for inclusion in the UNESCO list of world nature heritage, results of the research trip in protected areas of Mangistau region and presentations on the threats from the gaz site Kansu to Ustyurt Reserve were presented.

Representatives of the two committees of UNESCO Aiman Imentay (Scientific Secretary of the MAB Committee, UNESCO) and Madjer Massanov (expert committee of the World Heritage), who made presentations on the work and future plans of the two national committees of UNESCO and the procedure of nomination of national protected areas on the World Heritage status by UNESCO, also took part in the meeting. World Heritage status provides protection at the international level and attract tourists to the Mangistau region, that will certainly raise the standard of living of the entire region.