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Central Sikhote-Alin

Central Sikhote-Alin

The Sikhote-Alin is a mountain range in Primorsky and Khabarovsk Krais, Russia, extending about 900 km to the northeast of the Russian Pacific seaport of Vladivostok.

The highest summits are Tordoki Yani (2,077 m) and Anik Mountain (1,933 m).

Sikhote-Alin comprises one of the most extraordinary temperate zones in the world. Species typical of northern taiga (such as reindeer and the brown bear) coexist with tropical species like the Siberian tiger and the Himalayan bear.

Map of Central Sikhote-Alin


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Site Info

Full name: Central Sikhote-Alin

Unesco ID: 766

Inscribed: 2001

Type: Natural

Criteria: 10  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2018 - Extended With Bikin River Valley
  • 2018 - Advisory Body overruled IUCN advised a Referral for the Bikin River extension
  • 2001 - Inscribed 


The site has 3 locations.

  • Central Sikhote-Alin: Bikin River Valley
  • Central Sikhote-Alin: Goralij Zoological Preserve Coastal zone on the Sea of Japan, N. of Terney, Russian Federation
  • Central Sikhote-Alin: Sikhote-Alin Nature Preserve Terney district, Russian Federation


The site has 15 connections.


  • Meteorite impact: Sikhote-Alin is an iron meteorite that fell in 1947 on the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in southeastern Siberia (wiki) Link


  • Sea of Japan: "The site stretches from the peaks of Sikhote-Alin to the Sea of Japan" - AB Document


  • Palaeolithic and Mesolithic: In terms of archaeological monuments on the nominated property, there are monuments deriving from the late Palaeolithic times (the northern enclave of the known Ustinov culture)  Link

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World Heritage Process

  • Inscribed on a single criterion only: x. to contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.


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