UNESCO experts evaluated "Yangan-Tau" geopark in Bashkortostan
Experts from the global network of UNESCO geoparks Alireza Amrikazemi (Iran) and Arthur Sa (Portugal) visited Bashkortostan. The scientists assessed the "Yangan-Tau" geopark in the Salavat region. The "Yangan-Tau" is the first in Russia to apply for membership in the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.
During their stay in the country, the experts visited the main objects of the geological, natural and cultural heritage of the "Yangan-Tau" geopark, including the geological section of the Permian rocks "Mechetlino" and the places of the fossil fauna. All these objects demonstrate a history of this territory development during the existence of the ancient Tethys Ocean. Also, guests were shown a visit-center of the future geopark and the main tourist routes over its territory: rafting along the Yuryuzan river, cycling tour, horse riding, eco-tours.
In addition, foreign experts were offered to test a health-promoting effect of Yangantau Mountain thermal springs, to take part in the folklore festival of local residents.
According to experts, a final verdict on the inclusion of the "Yangan-Tau" geopark into the global network of UNESCO geoparks will be known in October 2018, after consideration of the experts' report by the UNESCO Geoparks Council.