World Heritage Russian sites of WH

The Virgin Komi Forests


Status of component parts: State Biosphere Nature Reserve, National Park

Area: 3.28 million ha

Situation: Included into the World Heritage List in 1995

Criteria: (vii) (ix)


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"The Komi Virgin Forests" is the first Russian natural site that has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List. This nomination opened a new page in the Russian environmental protection history.The territory consists of two protected areas that together make up the last European massif of primary forests, almost undisturbed by human activities.The Komi Forest is a real treasury of taiga. This area is the home of more than 40 mammal species, 204 bird species (including such Russian Red Data Book birds as erne and fish hawk) and 16 fish species, the most valuable of which are ice period relicts Lake Char and Arctic grayling.