Uzbekistan creates natural park in Ustyurt plateau in country's NW

2020-11-13 13:35:55 GMT2020-11-13 21:35:55(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TASHKENT, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan has created a South Ustyurt national natural park with an area of more than 1.4 million hectares in Karakalpakstan to preserve the biodiversity of the region's unique plateau, the Uzbek justice ministry said Friday.

It added that the natural park in the Kungirad region will be in the form of a state environmental institution within Uzbekistan's State Committee for Ecology as a structural subdivision.

The Ustyurt plateau is a Central Asian plateau in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, lying between the Aral Sea and the Amu Darya river delta. Kazakhstan created the Ustyurt Nature Reserve in 1984, when it was part of the Soviet Union.

The Ustyurt plateau is a critical habitat for over 700 species of plants and 300 species of vertebrates, including the saiga population, which has declined by 90 percent for the last 20 years, according to the United Nations. Enditem