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The Yangan Tau Geopark is awarded the Membership Certificate of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network


On December 22, a general meeting of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO was held in Moscow under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. The event was dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The meeting summed up the results and formulated conceptual approaches to cooperation between Russia and UNESCO. It was noted that the work of the Commission and its National Committee of the UNESCO International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme aimed at the creation of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network in Russia was very significant.

Currently, four Geoparks have been officially recognized in Russia:
- Altai Geopark (Altai Republic): preparations for the UNESCO Global Geopark nomination are currently suspended.
- Yangan Tau Geopark (Republic of Bashkortostan): approved in 2019 as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
- Tora Tau Geopark (Altai Republic): in 2018, applied for the UNESCO Global Geopark status. The arrival of experts is scheduled for 2022.
- Undoria Geopark (Ulyanovsk region): in October 2021, applied for the UNESCO Global Geopark status.

Upcomming geoparks:
- Lena Pillars Geopark (Republic of Sakha Yakutia),
- Baltic-Ladoga Clint Geopark (Leningrad Region and St. Petersburg).
Intentions have been announced to create geoparks in the Irkutsk Region, in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia (Mirny), the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, in the Republic of Dagestan.

Radiy Khabirov, Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, was awarded a Membership Certificate of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network for the Yangan-Tau Geopark. The certificate was handed over by Sergey Lavrov, Chairman of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The meeting was attended by Oleg Petrov, Co-Chair of the National Committee of the UNESCO International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme, VSEGEI Director General, and Sergey Semiletkin, Executive Secretary of the Committee.


From left to right: Oleg Petrov, Co-Chair, the National Committee of the UNESCO International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme, VSEGEI Director General; Radiy Khabirov, Head, the Republic of Bashkortostan; Sergey Lavrov, Chairman, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Larisa Belan, Scientific Director, the Yangan Tau Geopark; Alfred Akbashev, Director, the Yangan Tau Sanatorium; Grigory Ordzhonikidze, Executive Secretary, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO


Sergey Semiletkin (in center), Executive Secretary, the National Committee of the UNESCO International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme


28.12.2021

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