The unique geopark "Yangan-Tau". The application for granting UNESCO's international status to the Yangan-Tau Geopark in Bashkiria will be considered in September. The park can become the only similar facility with such a status in the country, the head of the Ministry of Ecology of Bashkiria, Ildar Khadyev said. "Legally, the geopark of the republican level with an area of 1.77 thousand square km was created in October last year. In this short period of time, we have formed a dossier on UNESCO's criteria for nominating it as a World Heritage Site. The last stage is the arrival of experts in late July to verify the actual availability of the entire infrastructure. And in September the commission in Italy will consider the issue of giving the object the status of UNESCO, "he said.
The geopark "Yangan-Tau" includes nine specially protected natural areas in the Salavat district of Bashkortostan. There is also a popular tourist route – rafting along the Yuryuzan River. Also on the territory there is a sanatorium "Yangan-tau" with mud springs. Since 2002, there is a special program of UNESCO to support the creation of a worldwide network of national geoparks. There are about 80 geoparks in 24 countries.