The Western Tien-Shan is a Central Asian mountain range known for its plant biodiversity.
Especially its wild fruit and walnut forest are among the largest remaining in the world, thus providing a genetic resource for domestic fruit species. The site consists of 13 parks and nature reserves, divided over Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
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Full name: Western Tien-Shan
2016 - InscribedReasons for inscription
2016 - Advisory Body overruledIUCN advised Deferral, WHC went for inscription with deletion of criterion 8
2015 - Incomplete - not examined
The site has 13 locations. Show all
- Aksu-Jabagly State Nature Reserve – Aulie paleontological area
- Aksu-Jabagly State Nature Reserve – Karabastau paleontological area
- Aksu-Jabagly State Nature Reserve – main part
- Besh-Aral State Nature Reserve - Shandalash area
- Besh-Aral State Nature Reserve – main part
- Karatau State Nature Reserve
- Padysha-Ata State Nature Reserve
- Sairam-Ugam State National Nature Park – Boraldaitau area
- Sairam-Ugam State National Nature Park – Irsu-Daubabin area
- Sairam-Ugam State National Nature Park – Sairam-Ugam area
- Sary-Chelek State Biosphere Nature Reserve
- The Chatkal State Biosphere Nature Reserve – Bashkizilsay area
- The Chatkal State Biosphere Nature Reserve – Maidantal area
The site has 7 connections.
- On National Border Elements are on the National Borders between Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan
- Holocene The Tienshan mountains were uplifted, folded, metamorposed etc in the Paleozoic Era (540-250mybp). But, from 25mybp, faulting and sedimentation changed the landscape. Then finally the entire area was glaciated during the late Pleistocene and Holocene. So what we see today is a largely (but of course not completely) "post glacial" Holocene landscape
- Greatest Altitude Variations ranges in altitude from 700 to 4,503 m above sea level