Tajik National Park nominated to UNESCO World Heritage List, Tajik official says




January 19, 2010, Mavjouda Hasanova



Tajik National Park has been nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List, Khursand Zikirov, chairman of the Committee for Environmental Protection, remarked at a news conference in Dushanbe on January 18.


According to him, the UNESCO expert mission was in Tajikistan at the end of last year.  “During their stay in Tajikistan, the UNESCO experts jointly with specialists from our committee visited Tajik National Park and its buffer zone and familiarized themselves with documents regulating the Park’s activities,” Zikirov said.


He noted that the mission endorsed all submitted documents on nomination of Tajik National Park to the UNESCO World Heritage List.  The final decision will be made at the 34th session the World Heritage Committee that will take place in Brazil in July 2010, Zikirov added. 


Tajik National Park and its buffer zone is located in the central part of Pamir-Alai and covers such mountain ridges as Akademii Nauk, Zaalayski, Beleuli, Zulumart, east parts of Vanch, Yazgulam and Darvaz ridges having the highest peaks of the Central Asian region - Ismoili Somoni on Akademii Nauk Ridge (7495 m) and Lenin Peak on the Zaalay ridge (7134 m).


The territory is characterized by big difference of the true altitudes, and heavy cross and of the territory.  The top territory of the profile has widespread diverse glacial forms of the relief: spurs, moraine, kars, circuses.  Most part of the territory is covered by rocks and taluses with very steep slopes.  The main part of the reserved core or zone of Tajik National Park is situated in the East Pamirs.  Only the Yazgulam Ridge and eastern part of Darvaz ridge are related to the West Pamirs.  East Pamirs part of territory of the park is represented by high elevated slab with relative altitudes of valleys and rivers - 3600-5000 m and mountain ridges more than 6000 m. Valley of rivers are enough wide (10-15 km). Slopes of the mountains have smoothed shapes.  West Pamirs part is highly represented by rivers and contrary to East part jagged by deep gorges of the rivers running to the west and by naked talus formation having the altitude beginning from 2000 up to 5000 m.