© WWF Russia / Olga Pereladova
© WWF Russia / Viktor Lukarevskii
© WWF Russia / Viktor Lukarevskii

At present, all five Central Asian countries are party to the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage. However, World Heritage sites have been identified and nominated only in three of the countries in this region, and all of them are cultural heritage sites (See Table 1). Not a single natural site has been presented in the region thus far.

Country

Date signing the convention

Existing World Heritage sites

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List

Republic of Kazakhstan

29/04/94

  • Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi 
  • Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly

2003

 

 

2004

Kyrgyzstan

03/07/95

 

 

Republic of Tajikistan

28/08/92

 

 

Turkmenistan

30/09/94

  • State Historical and Cultural Park «Ancient Merv»
  • Kunya-Urgench

1999

 

 

 

2005

Republic of Uzbekistan

13/01/93

  • Itchan Kala
  • Historic Centre of Bukhara
  • Historic Centre of Shakhrisyabz
  • Samarkand - Crossroads of Cultures

1990

1993

 

 

2000

 

2001

The project «Training for the Preparation of Nominations of Natural and Natural-Cultural World Heritage Sites in Central Asia» was initiated during the period 1999-2000; it was supported and financed by UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and UNESCO’s World Heritage Fund. An international training seminar was conducted in Almaty, Kazakhstan, during the period May 7-11, 2000. Representatives of governmental, scientific, and non-governmental organizations of the countries of the region participated in the training seminar. In addition, experts in the preparation of nominations (including representatives of natural