World Natural Heritage, Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks along the Silk Roads

Inlay Lake, Myanmar © Safia Southey / UNESCO Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads

Natural sites consisting of physical and biological formations as well as areas which constitute the habitat of threatened species of animals and plants are considered to be World Natural Heritage Sites. Those that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List have played an important role in the formation of environments and societies as well as in the cultural life of the people who have inhabited them throughout history.

Biosphere reserves are natural sites that seek to reconcile the conservation of biological and cultural diversity with economic and social development through partnerships between people and nature. As such, they are ideal to test and demonstrate innovative approaches to sustainable development on both a local and an international scale. Biosphere reserves are sites recognised under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme.

UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Their bottom-up approach of combining conservation with sustainable development while involving local communities is becoming increasingly popular.

The Silk Roads online platform presents and promotes these World Natural Heritage Sites, Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks along the historic Silk Roads that have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List or undertake their activities within the framework of UNESCO MAB and Geoparks programmes.

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World Natural Heritage, Biosphere Reserves and Geoparks along the Silk Roads

Title Sort descending Type Country
Bundala Biosphere reserves Sri Lanka
Mae Sa-Kog Ma Biosphere reserves Thailand
Touran Biosphere reserves Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Al-Reem Biosphere reserves Qatar
Arasbaran Biosphere reserves Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Aya Biosphere reserves Japan
Bogd Khan Uul Biosphere reserves Mongolia
Bogeda Biosphere reserves China
Bura'a Biosphere reserves Yemen
Camili Biosphere reserves Turkey
Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere reserves Viet Nam
Cat Ba Biosphere reserves Viet Nam
Changbaishan Biosphere reserves China
Chitwan National Park World Natural Heritage Nepal
Cibodas Biosphere reserves Indonesia
Cilento and Vallo Di Diano Biosphere reserves Italy
Circeo Biosphere reserves Italy
Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An Biosphere reserves Viet Nam
Dana Biosphere reserves Jordan
Dena Biosphere reserves Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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