On the way to the transnational World Heritage nomination „Cold Winter Deserts of Turan“ within CADI, the draft nomination was submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for technical check on 30 September 2021.
The document was submitted through the Secretariat of the National Commission for UNESCO in Turkmenistan. Besides Turkmenistan, the nomination is supported by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, according to the joint Vilm-Declaration.
The serial, transnational World Heritage Site comprises 7 protected areas, among others in the deserts of Aralkum, Karakum, and Ustyurt. The joint nomination is intended to strengthen the nature conservation of the nominated components, the cross-border management of the sites, and regional cooperation.
Central Asia’s cold winter deserts are the only biome globally not yet included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A recent thematic study by IUCN emphasizes that they have the potential to be included.