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The Western Tien-Shan region is a trans-boundary serial nomination that is spread across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. This area was added to Kazakhstan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2016.
This portion of the greater Tian Shan mountain range system is home to diverse landscapes as well as a variety of biodiversity including many endangered species of flora and fauna. Endangered species found here include the snow leopard, the Menzbier’s marmot, the Karatau mountain wild sheep, and more.
The Western Tien-Shan is recognized as an important place for the conservation of agro-diversity. Wild relatives of now cultivated species of fruits and nuts grow here naturally, including the Sievers apple.