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Zhongar Biosphere Reserve, Republic of Kazakhstan


This biosphere reserve is located on the northern slope of the Zhetysu Alataun Ridge and incorporates the entire range of mountain ecosystems characteristic of the Tien Shan mountains and Central Asia. The territory is of global importance as the location of the wild apple gene bank. The main economic sectors are agriculture and the industrial production of sunflower oil, flour and mineral water. Lands are mainly used for grazing and hayfields.


Designation date: 2018

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Regional network: South and Central Asia MAB Network (SACAM)

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    Surface :
    645,548 ha

    • Core area(s) : 142,927 ha
    • Buffer zone(s) : 312,721 ha
    • Tansition zone(s): 189,900 ha


    • Central point: 45°25'N - 80°45'E

    Administrative authorities


    Zhongar Biosphere Reserve

    Address: 74 Arychnaya Str., Sarkand Town, Almaty Oblast

    Tel: +7 728 392 12 013


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