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01.03.2013
The meeting of the Russian National Committee for World Cultural and Natural Heritage was held in the State Historical Museum

The List of Committee members has been approved and the Committee program for 2013–2014 has been discussed at the meeting. The most topical issues associated with preservation of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in the Russian Federation and abroad have been discussed. The Committee members, V. Neronov (Vice-chairperson of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO “The Man and the Biosphere”) and A. Butorin (President of the Natural Heritage Protection Fund) have reported on the implementation of the natural section of the Convention.

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26.02.2013
A press conference devoted to prospects to nominate the Permsky Krai natural objects for the World Heritage status was held in Perm

Participants of the discussion have uniformly concluded about the necessity to make further work for inscription besides Kungurskaya and Ordynskaya caves (related works have been performed since 2008), also the brightest displays of the Permian karst plateau which joints a whole set of objects being unique under its natural value on the UNESCO World Heritage List. A resonant “Permian period’s park” working title of the future nomination was offered.

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31.01.2013
"Landscapes of Dauria" the transnational Russian-Mongolian nomination, was submitted to UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Today, the nomination file "Landscapes of Dauria" was submitted to UNESCO World Heritage Centre for consideration at the 38th session of World Heritage Committee in June-July 2014. The nomination was prepared in 2012 by Russian and Mongolian experts supported by the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany. The coordinator of the project was the Natural Heritage Protection Fund.

In February, the nomination file will be checked for completeness, and in the case of a positive result, in summer and fall, 2013, IUCN experts will visit the territory for assessment.

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03.12.2012
International workshop “Sustainable development of transboundary areas within the Altai region” took place in Urumqi (PRC), and was aimed to discuss the prospects for transnational extension of the Russian World Heritage Property “The Golden Mountains of Altai”

International workshop “Sustainable development of transboundary areas within the Altai region” took place in Urumqi (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) on the 28 and 29th of November 2012, organized by the Science and Technology agency of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Urumqi, PRC together with Altai state technical university, Barnaul. The representative of the Natural Heritage Protection Fund presented the report on the prospects of transnational extension of the nomination “The Golden Mountains of Altai”.

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24.11.2012
The presentation of the World Heritage Site “Lena Pillars Nature Park” and the distribution of awards between the authors took place within the framework of National days of The Sakha (Yakutia) Republic in Moscow

On the 23rd of November people gathered on the territory of Gostyny Dvor to see the colorful presentation of tourist potential of RS(Y) “Yakutia – diamond on the map of Russia” and UNESCO World Heritage Site “Lena Pillars Nature Park”. The RS(Y) Nature Park “Lena Pillars” was included into the World Heritage List on the 2nd of July, 2012, and became the 10th Natural Property of the Russian Federation with such a high status. 

During the presentation RS(Y) badges of merit “Civil Valour” were given to the following authors of the nominations: Y. Rozanov, Academician, A. Juravlev d.b.s., P.Parhaev d.b.s., E. Trofimova c.g.s., and A. Butorin, project coordinator.

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10.09.2012
Fieldworks in the “Mongol Daguur” SPA took place within the framework of preparatory activities for transnational nomination “Landscapes of Dauria”

The third working group meeting on the preparation of the nomination took place during the period from 3 to 8 of September 2012, as well as the fieldworks within the Mongolian territory, in the Nature Reserve “Mongol Daguur” and its buffer zone.

The abovementioned field works resulted in allocation of the main areas of an Outstanding Universal Value, evaluation of current territory state of conservation, determination of the nomination’s boundaries and its buffer zone. Photo- and video materials were collected and saved. Prepared documents forming the nomination file were discussed and the detailed plan for further working group activities was executed. 

During the meeting the participants agreed to complete the works on the nomination before the end of November, 2012, to make the final revision of the collected materials in December at the field site of the International Academy for Nature Conservation on Vilm Island, and to submit the nomination file to the World Heritage Centre before February, 1, 2013.

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10.07.2012
Decisions adopted at the 36th Session of the World Heritage Committee (Sankt-Petersburg, 2012) on Russia's World Heritage Properties

Decisions concerning the state of conservation of the following Natural Properties of the Russian Federation adopted by the Committee have been published on the site:

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06.07.2012
The 36th annual session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has finished in Saint Petersburg

Based on the session results, 26 properties (5 natural, 20 cultural, and one mixed property) have been inscribed on the World Heritage list. The World Heritage List now numbers 962 sites from 157 countries; the total number of State Parties has reached 190.

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03.07.2012
Lena Pillars Nature Park has become the tenth Russian site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Today, Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russian Federation) was inscribed on the World Heritage List during the morning session of the World Heritage Committee (the 36th session of the Committee, St. Petersburg, Russia). Lena Pillars Nature Park is the tenth property of the Russian Federation that has been given a high status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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17.06.2012
"Lena Pillars Nature Park - Potential World Heritage Property" booklet published

The booklet has been published just in time for the 36th annual session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. It will serve to support the nomination of the Lena Pillars Nature Park object from the Russian Federation.

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